PNP-CIDG nabs 4 suspects for large-scale illegal recruitment

MANILA — The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has arrested four suspects for large-scale illegal recruitment purportedly for non-existent jobs in Malaysia, New Zealand and Paris, France.

In a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Holy Wednesday, PNP-CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan identified the suspects as Remigio “Mhar” Mariano, Jr., Julieta Lipit, Shiela Marie Amil and Marie Keith Velasco.

Mariano was arrested by detectives of the National Capital Region-CIDG (NCR-CIDG) led by regional chief Senior Supt. Belli Tamayo during an entrapment operation on April 6, 2017 at about 9:30 a.m. in Pasay City.

He was an employee of Clarliemae Recruitment Agency and One Global Agency.

Mariano was arrested inside a fastfood restaurant in front of the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) Bldg., along Macapagal Avenue after receiving money from a certain Myla Manlapaz.

Seized from his possession were 10 pieces of Php 1,000 bills.

In the complaints filed before the CIDG, the victims were allegedly made to pay Php 20,000 to Php 40,000 as processing fee and training fee as waiters and waitresses in Malaysia.

Mariano is facing charges for violation of Republic Act No. 8042, or the “Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995”, for duping at least 20 victims.

Likewise, the two other suspects were arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by the CIDG Anti Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) last April 6 at around 11:50 a.m. in Malate, Manila.

During the same press conference, six of the 25 victims claimed that they were recruited by the suspects and promised employment in New Zealand as dairy farmers.

Obusan noted that the victims were even made to undergo training in Mountain High, Baguio City in dairy farm operation for one month in preparation for their jobs in New Zealand, which turned out to be non-existing jobs.

The victims were allegedly made to pay Php 30,000 to Php 60,000 each as placement fees and travel expenses.

Initial probe showed that Lipit was also using other names such as “Sarah de Asis”, “Sarah Asis” and “Analyn Lim” to conceal her true identity in the commission of the crime.

On the other hand, Velasco was arrested inside the Jollibee Fastfood chain in Gilmore Avenue, Quezon City last April 10.

In the complaints filed before the CIDG, the 12 victims coming from different provinces were allegedly promised non-existing jobs in Paris, France in exchange for Php 30,000 to Php 50,000 as travel expenses and processing fee.

Obusan said that the suspects would be facing charges for large-scale illegal recruitment and large-scale estafa, which are both “non-bailable” offenses.

The PNP-CIDG chief also appealed to other victims of the suspects to file their complaints so that appropriate charges will be filed against them. PERFECTO RAYMUNDO/