Fake lawyer faces human trafficking charges

A man posing as a lawyer was nabbed by immigration authorities for escorting a woman at the Ninoy Aquino International airport who intends to work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as domestic helper.

Facing human trafficking charges was Rollend Nicolle Tecson, also introduced himself as the woman's fiancee and were going abroad for a three-day tour to Thailand.

However, Immigration Traffic Control and Enforcement Unit supervisor Marilou Panganiban sensed something wrong when BI-TCEU member Lucille Castellano recognized Tecson as the same person who escorted another woman and introduced as his girlfriend.

"It was the same operandi used by Tecson to smuggle the woman out of the country," Panganiban said.

The BI report said his female companion, considered as human trafficking victim, was found to possess a connecting flight to KSA and will work as domestic helper.

It was also discovered that Tecson was not a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines as shown by a certification issued by the IBP that there is no Rollend Nicolle Tecson as its member.

The two were brought to the NAIA Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking for further action.

Meanwhile, aside from providing monetary assistance, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) yesterday said that it also shouldered the airfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in Saudi Arabia after being laid off from their jobs.

OWWA said that from July 26 to Aug 12, the agency has extended assistance to a total of 99 OFWs employed by Saudi Oger Ltd., Saudi Bin Laden Group of Companies, and others from among the nine companies which suffered financial setback in Saudi Arabia.

The agency said that OFWs already arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) via different flight carriers.

Source: Daily Tribune