A TRAVEL and tours company agent was arrested by agents of the National Capital Region Field Unit of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for allegedly recruiting Filipinos for fake jobs in Taiwan, South Korea and New Zealand.
CIDG-NCR chief, Colonel Arnold Thomas C. Ibay identified the arrested suspect as Jonalisa Suico, 36. She is accused of involvement in large-scale illegal recruitment activities in the country.
Suico is facing non-bailable offenses after she was arrested in an entrapment operation in Rosario, Cavite this week.
The CIDG-NCR chief said Suico, an employee of the MGR Worldwide Travels and Tours Agency, residing in Cuevas Subdivision in Noveleta, Cavite was arrested during an entrapment operation inside the Petrochemical Plaza in Tejeron Conu in Rosario municipality.
In a report to PNP-CIDG director, Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel, said members of the Manila CIDG District Field Unit led by Major Bryan Dexter Andulan, with the support of the NCR Police Office Regional Intelligence Division under Captain Narrolf Tan and the Rosario Municipal Police conducted the entrapment operation following a letter-request from the Commission on Filipino Overseas last July 4 regarding the alleged illegal recruitment activities of the Cavite-based company.
Ibay said that CFO Executive Director, Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik requested them to investigate the company.
He said that during verification, they found out from the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency that the company and its agents are not authorized “to hire, recruit and enlist workers for overseas employment.”
The POEA issued certifications that the MGR Worldwide Travel and Tours Agency nor its agents are authorities to recruit workers for overseas employment.
He added that a group of complaints also appeared at their office to file a complaint against the company’s general manager identified as Mary Grace Rebullado and the company’s recruitment agents identified as Shirlyn Abroguena, Geraldine Morales and Juico.
The complainants said they were attracted by a Facebook post regarding job offers in Taiwan, South Korea and New Zealand made by the accused.
The victims said they were enticed by the company’s offer that they would be able to work as factory workers or production operators in the three countries for a measly P72,500 placement fee.
Ibay said the complainants paid the huge placement fee demanded by the company’s agents but later realized they have been scammed when they were not able to leave the country despite repeated demands from the accused.
The official said Suico was arrested when she contacted one of the complainants to inquire about the P34,000 balance she needs to pay to her before she can leave abroad.
The complainant later relayed the suspect’s demand to her before the CIDG Manila District Field Unit leading to the entrapment operation.
During the sting, undercover agents watched from a distance as the complainant gave 34 pieces of marked P1,000 bills to Juico. The arrest was made shortly after the suspect took the money.
Apart from the marked bills, the suspect also yielded 43 pieces of Philippine passports belonging to different persons and several pieces of resume/bio-data of submitted by their possible victims.
The suspect is now facing criminal charges for large-scale estafa and violation of Republic Act 10022 or the Migrant Workers Act.
“We have information that the suspect is a member of the so-called Rose Rosales Illegal Recruitment Group which is being targeted for neutralization by the government,” said Ibay.