Four job recruits about to leave for an unknown location in Manila were rescued while their alleged recruiter was intercepted by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation in Bacolod at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
NBI special investigator III William de Arca Jr. said the four were en-route to Bacolod from Dumaguete on board a Ceres bus after they were enticed by the offer of the alleged recruiter in a meeting held at Robinsons Dumaguete Tuesday.
That evening, the alleged recruiter had their plane tickets ready for their flight the following day.
One of the recruits identified as Nely Panoy, who is from Lazi, Siquijor, was already suspicious about the personality of the alleged recruiter identified as Rovi Siason Bobila, alias Amor, but two of her companions believed in the promises of the suspect.
Instead of backing out, Panoy who had been to Qatar for seven years and another companion from Sibulan, Rosemarie Zuniega, pretended to be innocent about it but secretly reported the matter to the NBI Dumaguete.
NBI Dumaguete district head, Ermie Monsanto, immediately sent a memorandum to NBI Bacolod to intercept the four recruits along with the alleged recruiter, who were on board a Ceres bus. While in the bus, Panoy secretly texted NBI Bacolod on their whereabouts and upon arrival, they were confronted by NBI agents inside the Robinsons mall.
Panoy said she tipped off the NBI because she didn't want her co-applicants to be victimized, especially the two who were with them.
She became suspicious when told by the alleged recruiter that as soon as they arrive in Manila, they will be brought to Bulacan and no cell phones will be allowed because there is no signal.
When asked about her license and ID, the recruiter could not present any. She claimed she was merely helping them to find a better recruitment agency while waiting for their application at I-Recruit. In fact, she said, she was also applying for the position of secretary in Qatar, and is in the process of complying with the requirements. “Amor” denied being the recruiter, saying she could not even give details about the company.
She also claimed she was scheduled to meet a friend in Dumaguete on Tuesday to discuss a ticketing business as partners, that was why the tickets of the four were readily available.
She admitted having introduced the four to Havillah International Manpower Services Inc., through the general manager Arcelie Ballesca, a sister in their church with address at Unit F 2117 Volta Street in San Isidro, Makati City.
NBI Dumaguete Special Investigator Ma. Contessa-Lastimoso said they are filing a complaint for violations of RA 10022, or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, and RA 10364, or the Expanded Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act of 2002 which is non-bailable.
She said she was happy that Panoy made sure the illegal recruitment activity was stopped by reporting it to the authorities.
The four are from Lazi, Siquijor, Siaton, Sibulan and Poblacion 1 in Dumaguete.*JG
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