AGENTS of the Anti-Transnational Crime Unit of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on Friday afternoon smashed a suspected big-time illegal recruitment syndicate operating in the country during an entrapment operation in Quezon City, PNP-CIDG chief, Director Roel B. Obusan announced yesterday.
The official said that the sting led to the arrest of eight suspects including two Japanese nationals believed to be heading the illegal recruitment ring with office at the 10th floor of Coher building located in Barangay South Triangle, Q.C.
Around 1:30 p.m. Friday, CIDG-ATCU operatives headed by Superintendent Roque Merdegia Jr. conducted the entrapment operation at the Kansai Training Center which is believed being used as a ‘front’ by the suspects for their illegal activities.
Merdegia said the sting was launched after five complainants from Davao City, General Santos City and Leyte province went to their office in Camp Crame to complain that they were recruited as ‘caregivers’ in Japan by the accused provided that they would undergo Nihonggo training at the Kanzai Training Center.
He said that the suspects duped the victims into believing they would be deployed to Japan immediately as soon as they completed their training. In return, the complainants claimed they were asked to pay P30,000 each for their training, visa and other travel expenses.
After finishing the training, the complainants said the suspects failed to send them to Japan and instead asked them to pay another P5,000 for an examination needed before they can go to the modern Asian country.
Becoming suspicious, the victims went to the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority to inquire about the status of their recruiters. To their chagrin, the POEA certified that the Kanzai Training Center is not a licensed job recruiter.
Following the findings and certification from the POEA, the CIDG-ATCU launched the entrapment operation which led to the arrest of Japanese nationals Izumihara Masarobu and Shikoku Kiyoto and their Filipino employees Alvin Salvador, Izzur Rosales, Sheryl Manago, Michelle Sy, Rona d Torres and Rolaida Arellano allegedly All employees of Kansas training Center.
Merdegia said they will be recommending the filing of criminal charges for illegal recruitment, economic sabotage and estafa against the suspects before the Q.C. Prosecutor’s Office.