3 nabbed for illegal recruitment in Pangasinan

September 29, 2010 10:31 am 

SAN CARLOS CITY, Sept. 27 — Three persons, two of them from Tarlac, were arrested by the police here and charged for large-scale illegal recruitment.

The three were being tagged as responsible for recruiting 12 job-seekers from different cities and towns of Pangasinan and several others who are now in Malaysia and other South East Asian countries but remained unemployed till today.

First to fall in the morning of September 24 in an entrapment set by the Carlos City Police was a certain Alma Arenas, also known as Alma Roca, 29, a resident of Barangay Mamaradlo, San Carlos City.

She was arrested by the police while receiving part of the marked money of P50,000 which she demanded from her client in their illegal recruitment activities.

The arrest of Arenas resulted in another entrapment operation in Barangay Vargas, Sta. Ignacia Tarlac that arrested the woman’s principal partners, Arlene Laput, 41; and Jessie Partido, 49.

The two were arrested while receiving neatly arranged sheets of paper that were made to appear it was a bundle of money worth P50,000 from one of their supposed victims.

Upon learning of the arrest of the three, 12 job-seekers from different cities and municipalities of Pangasinan trooped to the San Carlos City Police Station to file complaints against the suspects.

The police here are now coordinating with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs as the other victims were able to leave for Malaysia and other countries without any work or job there.

What was worse is that their passports are being held by their supposed employers in those countries.

The suspects are presently detained at the San Carlos City police station pending the filing of formal cases against them for large-scale illegal recruitment. (PNA)

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