Alleged illegal recruiter nabbed in Parañaque

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 20 2017 11:30 PM

An alleged illegal recruiter who promised jobs in Japan to her victims was nabbed in an entrapment operation Thursday afternoon.

Carolina Sareno, an alleged member of the Amor Baruelo illegal recruitment syndicate, was arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Baclaran, Parañaque City.

Police conducted the operation against Sareno and Baruelo after victim "Rea" filed complaints against the two.

Echoing the victim's narrative, police Supt. Roque Merdegia said Rea and other victims were promised hotel and factory jobs in Japan and were asked to pay P50,000 for their placement fee, medical fee, and processing fee.

He added that the suspects repeatedly asked for money from the victims but they were never deployed.

Merdegia said Rea discovered that the suspects are not licensed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to recruit overseas workers.

She also discovered that there are pending arrest warrants against Baruelo.

"Continuous ang paghingi sa kanya ng pera pero hindi naman siya nakalipad ng Japan as promised. Even in Korea and Australia raw, inooffer sa kanya na magtrabaho doon," Merdegia said.

During the entrapment operation, only Sareno showed up to receive marked money from the victim.

But police believed that Baruelo was just around the area, so they immediately conducted a follow-up operation.

"Expected namin tatanggapin lang ni Carolina ang pera at ibibigay kay Amor. Nagfollow-up kami, baka sakaling mahuli siya because we believed nasa paligid lang siya. Unfortunately, nakalipad siya kaagad," Merdegia said.

Sareno is facing charges of illegal recruitment and estafa.

According to the PNP-CIDG Anti-Transnational Crimes Unit (ATCU), the Amor Baruelo group is suspected of being one of the largest syndicates operating in the country, with victims numbering more than 3,000 nationwide.

The CIDG urged victims of illegal recruiters to cooperate with authorities.

Victims may contact the CIDG-ATCU through the following numbers: ‎09498652400 or ‎09166176969.