THREE women accused of being members of illegal recruitment syndicates that have duped dozens of victims whom they promised non-existent jobs in Japan and China were arrested in an entrapment by members of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, PNP-CIDG chief Director Roel B. Obusan said yesterday.
Suspects Lenie Rose Limos and Maria Corazon Villanueva were nabbed by the CIDG Anti-Transnational Crime Unit under Superintendent Roque Merdegia in Barangay Daang Bago in Imus, Cavite around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Obusan said five complainants trooped to the CIDG-ATCU office in Camp Crame to file complaints against the two suspects who promised them high-paying jobs in Japan last January after presenting themselves as connected with a legitimate recruitment agency.
The complainants said the two suspects told them they can speed up their deployment as farm workers in Japan where they will earn an average of P70,000 a month plus overtime pay. The complainants said they were asked to pay P50,000 to P70,000 for the processing of their visas, working papers and other miscellaneous fees.
The suspects told the complainants they will be leaving for Japan last August but their flight did not materialize and were asked to to give an additional P9,000 each as “deployment fee.”
The victims got suspicious and when they verified at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the suspects are not authorized to recruit workers abroad.
“The actual arrest was made after one of the complainants handed the marked money to the suspects,” Merdegia said.
The third suspect, Annaliza Alop Minaya, was arrested in an entrapment inside a hamburger joint on Visayas Avenue in Bgy. Vasra, Quezon City last September 19.
Obusan said Minaya was a member of an illegal recruitment ring preying on Filipinas applying as “on call cleaners” in Hainan and Beijing, China. Minaya’s victims said they initially paid her P50,000 each as “processing fee” and were promised they would earn a P70,000 monthly salary plus overtime once they are in China.
The complainants sought the assistance of the CIDG-ATCU after they failed to leave for Beijing last month.