The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed criminal charges before the Mandaluyong Prosecutor’s Office against two Italians and three other individuals, all officials of a shipping company, after allegedly recruiting applicants for deployment abroad despite its lack of authority and license.
In a nine-page complaint signed by Atty. Cesar A.Bacani, NBI NCR director, charged with syndicated illegal recruitment were Henry James Avecilla, Judith Cabrera, Lucky Philip Cabrera along with Italians Sergio Constantini and Maurizio Caselli, incorporators of the True Alliance Shipping Corp.
“Clearly, the responsible officers and employees of True Alliance should be held liable for illegal recruitment when it presented a falsified Articles of Incorporation in its application for a license to operate a manning agency. To give emphasis, the mere giving of false notice, document, testimony and information consummates the act of illegal recruitment as defined above. It does not give weight whether the applicant was later granted with authority or not,” the NBI said.
The case stemmed from the complaint by Capt. Leopoldo Arcilla, Sr., president and general manager of Eagle Clarc Shipping Philippines, Inc., who bared the alleged conspiracy of True Alliance and maritime crewing service Oceanus in allegedly falsifying documents.