Two arrested for illegal recruitment

70 APPLICANTS GYPPED

MANGALDAN—The police here arrested a Chinese-Filipino and his co-worker for alleged large-scale illegal recruitment activity on March 29 in Sta. Cruz Manila.

Superintendent Jeff Fanged, town police chief here, said Friday that arrested were Richard Untalan Dy alias Richard Uy, 43, freelance interpreter and resident of 2257 P. Guevarra Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila and Rosalinda Soquila, 47, resident of  Barangay Banaoang East, Mangaldan.

Fanged said Dy was arrested by virtue of alias warrant of arrest issued by Judge Genoveva Maramba of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Dagupan City for illegal recruitment (large scale and committed by a syndicate).

Fanged said more than 70 residents here and in nearby areas have been victimized by the suspects and some of them went to his office for help.

Soquila was also nabbed by virtue of an alias warrant of arrest issued by Judge Emma Torio of RTC in Dagupan City for estafa and another arrest warrant for large scale illegal recruitment.

Both have no bail recommended, Fanged said, adding that the suspects are temporarily detained at the town police station cell while waiting for commitment order from the court for their transfer to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

Fanged said the  suspects initially succeeded in sending first batch of applicants to Taiwan to work but subsequent applicants who paid the suspects amounts, ranging from P15,000 to P95,000 for the supposed processing  fees never left.

Fanged said applicants seeking work abroad should verify with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to avoid being gypped by illegal recruiters. (Tita Roces)