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Three (3) lady recruiters were arrested in an entrapment operation launched by operatives of the CIDG Anti-Transnational Crimes Unit on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at around 4:44 PM at Monaco Garden Tower in Villa Barbara St, Pasay City.

The CIDG identified the suspects as MA. THERESA TUBO VELARDE a.k.a. "Thess", the 51-year-old owner/manager of Thessmourn Documentation Services; 35-year-old administrative staff JOCELYN SAGARAN PULAO a.k.a. "Jho"; and 53-year-old agent PRISCILA FERNANDEZ LUCIDO a.k.a. "Precy".

In their statements, Wendina Asuncion and several others averred that the trio was engaged in recruiting workers in Canada as fruit packers or farmers with an initial payment of Php130,000.00 as a processing fee. However, the victims are left clueless for months as to the status of the job offer until the suspects called Asuncion asking for an amount of Php6,000.00 as an additional processing fee.

Having doubts, Asuncion and the other complaints decided to seek the assistance of the CIDG. Immediately, the said operating unit coordinated with the Philippine Overseas Employment (POEA) and confirmed with them through an issued Certification that neither Thessmourn Documentation Services nor the suspects are authorized to recruit workers for overseas employment. With the information at hand, the CIDG unit planned and effects the police operation against the lady recruiters.

Seized during the police operation were the marked money incorporated in the boodle money, a computer set with printer, two (2) USB flash drives, two (2) logbooks, a Tarpaulin, eight (8) assorted Business Permits, ten (10) cellular phones and, assorted documents.

Criminal cases for violations of RA 8042 (Migrant Workers Act) as amended by RA 10022 (Large Scale Illegal Recruitment) and Art. 315 (Estafa) of RPC were filed against the suspects before the Pasay City Prosecutors Office on May 25, 2022 under NPS Docket Number E00914.

Meanwhile, CIDG Chief, PMGen Eliseo DC Cruz has ordered an in-depth investigation into this case as the influx of complainants continues to arrive in CIDG.

Now that other countries are opening again its borders to tourists and overseas workers alike, many of our countrymen are grabbing this opportunity to uplift their lives by working abroad. However, there are unscrupulous individuals or groups who also took advantage of this opportunity to lure victims to give in to their illegal acts. The CIDG warns the public to be cautious and smart and not to fall victim to these illegal recruiters.