Alleged illegal recruiters offering jobs in Japan arrested

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 27 2018 06:36 PM

MANILA—Two alleged illegal recruiters were arrested in an entrapment operation in Imus, Cavite, police said Thursday.

The suspects were identified as Lenie Rose Limos and Maria Corazon Villanueva, who both allegedly promised jobseekers employment in Japan as farm workers with a salary ranging between P70,000 and P100,000.

Chief Supt. Roque Merdegia Jr., chief of CIDG Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU), said the suspects had been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation last year but victims did not push through with the case after their money was returned. 

Merdegia said the two allegedly asked for P50,000 to P70,000 as payment for the processing fee and promised a quick deployment, which never materialized. 

“Noong hindi sila nakaalis, walang tiket na naibigay marami ng alibi nag-verify na sila sa POEA at it turned out na walang kaukulang lisensya itong mga suspek na ito. Actually itong mga suspects ay isang grupo pero dalawa lang 'yung nahuli namin during the entrapment operation,” Merdegia said. 

Besides the processing fee, Merdegia said the suspects asked for another payment to cover pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS) fee and visa fee. 

The CIDG-ATCU set the entrapment operation with the help of the victims. 

“Isang bahay na kino-convert nilang opisina, parang fly by night na opisina kasi naka-schedule sila for pre-departure orientation seminar sa Muntinlupa then suddenly inilipat sa Imus so nag-conduct sila du'n ng PDOS at tinanggap 'yung karagdagang P9,000 na hinihingi mula sa limang biktima,” Merdegia said. 

The suspects will be charged with illegal recruitment and estafa. 

Police urged other victims to come forward so authorities can file the necessary cases against the suspects.