Singaporean man arrested on illegal-recruitment allegations

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 16 2018 07:10 PM

A Singaporean man was arrested Friday for allegedly soliciting money for nonexistent jobs overseas.

The victims went to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group's anti-transnational crime unit after they discovered that the suspect was not licensed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency to recruit workers for employment abroad.

Police Supt. Roque Merdegia, chief of CIDG-ATCU, said the victims were promised jobs as hotel and restaurant workers in Singapore and were asked to pay P125,000 to cover various fees. 

Merdegia said the victims were repeatedly asked for money, but were never deployed. 

The suspect will be charged with large-scale illegal recruitment and large-scale estafa. 

Merdegia said the victims from Rizal, Mountain Province and Metro Manila numbered 80.

The CIDG urged victims of illegal recruiters to cooperate with authorities and give information about their activities.