Illegal recruiter nabbed in Pasay

MANILA-- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday announced the arrest of a woman involved in alleged large scale illegal recruitment.

During the press conference, NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin identified the arrested suspect as Analyn Ducusin who was arrested by the NBI's Special Action Unit (SAU) during an entrapment operation at a mall in Pasay City on Sunday afternoon.

Lavin said around 100 complainants have sought NBI's help to arrest the suspect.

Complainants said the suspect recruited them for work in Japan and have asked each of them for payments ranging from PHP31,000 to PHP38,000 for the processing of their visas and other documents.

However, after several months, the suspects failed to deliver their promises of work.

In spite of repeated demands to return their money, the suspects also failed to give back the victims the amounts they paid.

During its investigation, the NBI also discovered the suspect is not authorized by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to recruit workers for overseas employment.

Lavin said Ducusin will be charged with Illegal Recruitment as Committed by a Syndicate and In Large Scale/Involving Economic Sobtage under Republic Act 8042, the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 and also be charged with estafa as defined and penalized under Article 315(2)(a) of the Revised Penal Code.

Ducusin is currently detained at NBI headquarters in Manila.

Meanwhile, the NBI is also hunting down Maria Theresa Bumatay Baruelo, another suspect who has been identified as the leader of the criminal syndicate where Ducusin belongs to.

Source: Philippine News Agency