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Illegal recruiter, 3 others arrested in Nueva Ecija

SAN ISIDRO, Nueva Ecija — A most wanted man with two arrest warrants for large-scale illegal recruitment was nabbed on Tuesday afternoon following a complaint from a woman who claimed he initially demanded P100,000 as payment in exchange for her visa application to Israel.

Town police head Major Joel M. Dela Cruz identified the arrested suspect as Jomar Estabillo, 33, alias Andres Dantes, 50, a former overseas Filipino worker, single, of Bgy. Camp Tinio, Cabanatuan City.

Dela Cruz said Estabillo was collared along with his three other cohorts, identified as Randy Verde, 38, driver, of Bgy. Kalikid Sur, Cabanatuan City; Eduardo Amor Jr., 41, laborer; and Eduard Amor, 39, both of Bgy. Poblacion East, Rizal, Nueva Ecija.

The four suspects were arrested during an entrapment operation conducted in Bgy. Poblacion at 4:20 p.m.

Dela Cruz said his men launched the operation following a complaint filed by Mederlyn Ocampo, 33, single, of Bgy. Poblacion, this town.

Prior to their arrest, Ocampo claimed Estabillo initially demanded P100,000 from her as payment for her visa application to Israel but this was later reduced to P30,000.

Dela Cruz said the woman smelled something fishy and immediately sought police help, resulting in the setting up of the entrapment operation against the suspect.

After the suspect’s arrest, Dela Cruz said they conducted a background check on the suspects through the PNP e-warrant system and they found out that Estabillo had two standing arrest warrants for large-scale illegal recruitment and illegal recruitment docketed under Criminal Case Nos. 20A-CR-13094 and 43060-R with no bail recommended and with P40,000 bail, respectively issued by the Regional Trial court Branch 62 in La Trinidad, Benguet and the RTC-Branch 3 in Baguio City on January 23, 2020 and January 15, 2020.

Dela Cruz said the suspect along with his cohorts remained locked up in detention here following the receipt of said arrest warrants against Estabillo on Tuesday at 5:10 p.m. here.

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Steve A. Gosuico
Past President, Nueva Ecija Press Club, Inc.