As the CIDG continues its investigation against the three lady recruiters, the influx of victims came to CIDG to seek assistance and file their complaints.
157 complainants appeared before the CIDG Anti-Transnational Crimes Unit after suspects 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" were arrested during an entrapment operation on May 24, 2022 in Pasay City.
So far, the CIDG is handling eight (8) batches of complainants who came mostly from Metro Manila particularly in Pasay and Caloocan and from Region 1 in Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan, Region 3 in Tarlac, Region 14 in Cordillera and Apayao, and Region 6 in Iloilo. Complainants from the regions were subsequently referred to respective CIDG Regional Field Units which have territorial jurisdiction over the case.
Five (5) separate cases will be filed against the trio in Pasay, Pangasinan and Cordillera while investigators are still taking-up other victims’ statements.
In total, 165 individuals including the 8 complainants who were first to seek the assistance of the CIDG were victimized by the said lady recruiters who are now facing criminal charges for violations of RA 8042 (Migrant Workers Act) as amended by RA 10022 (Large Scale Illegal Recruitment) and Art. 315 (Estafa) of RPC before the Pasay City Prosecutors Office on May 25, 2022 under NPS Docket Number E00914.
The CIDG assures the victims that its investigation of this illegal act will continue. It calls on other victims of these illegal recruiters to come forward and lodge their complaints.