Arraignment of 3 in illegal recruitment scheduled

THE REGIONAL Trial Court (RTC) has scheduled on July 31 the hearing of the large scale illegal recruitment case filed against three accused.

Judge Retrina Fuentes of RTC Branch 10 made the order after the National Bureau of Investigation filed the case against Louisa Paloma, Paz Caalim, and Catherine Alacapa.

Prosecutor Oliver Saneil approved the case against them after the law enforcement agency arrested the three on June 3 inside a mall. The operation was based on a complaint filed against them by three who claimed the accused recruited them.

Saneil said the three have violated Sec. 6 of Republic Act 8042 as amended by Republic Act 10022 and that evidence showed they deceived the complainants for luring them to apply for non-existent jobs abroad for a large sums of money. The complainants filed the case before the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency as they did not have the license to recruit.

The POEA claimed the three were among the “most wanted illegal recruiters in Mindanao” because they have allegedly victimized about 10,000, collecting between P8,000 and P15,000 as placement fee.

The three allegedly promised their recruits with job vacancies in Japan, Vietnam, or Korea.

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