3 alleged illegal recruiters offering jobs in Hong Kong arrested

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 27 2018 10:41 PM

MANILA - Three suspected illegal recruiters were arrested for allegedly promising high paying jobs in Hong Kong, police said Tuesday.

Arlene Tabunot, Aaron Coronado, and Robert Coronado were caught in the act of receiving marked money from the victims during a pre-departure orientation seminar in a mall in Quezon City.

PNP Anti-Transnational Crime Unit Chief Supt. Roque Merdegia, Jr. said the suspects promised high salary and fast processing of work papers.

“Sindikato na nagpapadala ng domestic helper sa Hong Kong. Ang kanilang modus ay mabilis na proseso at mataas na sahod HK4,500 equivalent to P38,000. Sa unang recruitment phase ang pinapalabas nila na sila ay naka-tie up sa agencies sa Hongkong,” he said.

The victims were asked to pay P50,000 for processing fee, which is against the law.

“Any amount hindi dapat hinihingan ng mga recruiters itong domestic helpers,” Merdegia said.

Merdegia said the victims were enticed to apply since the suspects, who were previously overseas Filipino workers, gave them a good offer. Some even resigned from their present jobs.

When the victims found out that the agency was not licensed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to recruit, they immediately went to authorities to file a complaint.

The PNP-ATCU reminded the public to always verify if the recruiters are legitimate by checking with POEA.

The three suspects will be charged with estafa and large scale illegal recruitment.