Illegal Pampanga recruiter held

MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga -- Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) here arrested over the weekend a 27-year-old woman for alleged illegal recruitment of three women.

Police Maj. Warly Bitog, CIDG-Pampanga chief, identified the suspect as Angela David, resident of Barangay Mabiga, here.

David was arrested in an entrapment operation at a convenience store at Xevera Subdivision in Barangay Tabun wherein marked P1,000 and two P500 bills were confiscated from her possession.

Three women who paid money for “line-up slot” and medical fees sought the help of the CIDG after two of them failed to fly to Singapore for work due to alleged problems with their passports.

The third complainant who already paid the P2,000 “line-up slot” arranged a meeting with the suspect to pay half of the supposed medical fee. Unknown to the suspect, the complainant was already accompanied by CIDG operatives to arrest the former for not having a license to recruit workers from the Philippine Overseas and Employment Office.

The complainant said that David was using “Yuri Kim Yuri Kim” account name in Facebook to communicate with her. But after initially meeting the suspect to pay the “line-up slot” fee, the complainant learned the former’s true name.

At the convenience store, the complainant handed over to the suspect the dusted money and gave the signal to the pre-positioned CIDG operatives who made the arrest.

In her sworn affidavit, the complainant said David had promised them 1,000 Singaporean dollars weekly salary and that the P80,000 recruitment fee would be deducted from their salaries.

“Ang P80,000 ay babayaran kapag nag-umpisa na kaming magtrabaho sa Singapore at ito ay salary deduction. Sinabi din niya na ang sasahurin namin ay SGD 1,000 kada linggo o P33,000 isang linggo sa pera natin kaya madali lang itong mababayaran, maliban duon ay mabait diumano ang aming magiging boss na Chinese na si Yobab. Samantalang ang iba pang babayaran ay ang P2,000 para sa “line-up slot” at kailangang magbayad ako sa medical ng P4,500,” she said.

The suspect is facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10022 for illegal recruitment.