AN agent of a travel and tours company accused of involvement in large-scale illegal recruitment was arrested by agents of the National Capital Region Field Unit of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in an entrapment in Rosario, Cavite on Monday, CIDG-NCR chief Colonel Arnold Thomas C. Ibay reported yesterday.
Suspect Jonalisa Suico, 36, employee of MGR Worldwide Travels and Tours Agency residing in Cuevas Subdivision in Noveleta, Cavite, was arrested in an operation inside the Petrochemical Plaza in Tejeron Conu, Rosario around 7:30 p.m., Ibay said in a report to PNP-CIDG director Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel.
According to the official, 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 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 CFO Executive Director, Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik requested them to investigate the company.
He said 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 the complaintants 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 on job offers in Taiwan, South Korea and New Zealand with P72,500 placement fee.
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.
Suico was arrested afetr she contacted one of the complainants to inquire about the P34,000 balance she needs to pay before she can leave abroad.
The complainant relayed the suspect’s demand to the CIDG Manila District Field Unit leading to the entrapment.
Undercover agents watched from a distance as the complainant gave 34 pieces of marked P1,000 bills to Juico.
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.