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2 women jailed over illegal recruitment

June 21, 2023 Hector Lawas 200 views

TWO women suspected of engaging in illegal recruitment for overseas employment in South Korea have been apprehended by agents from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Paco, Manila.

The individuals, identified as Marissa Rumbaoa Ursulum and Michelle Dichoso, were arrested during an entrapment operation conducted by the NBI-Cybercrime Division (NBI-CCD).

Ursulum and Dichoso were charged with violation of Republic Act No. 8042, commonly referred to as the “Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995” before the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office for violating as amended by RA 10022, in connection with RA 10175.

The operation was initiated in response to a complaint lodged with the NBI-CCD, alleging illegal recruitment.

The complainant claimed that on June 9, while browsing Facebook, they came across several posts on a profile under the name “Asarim Rumbaoa,” advertising job opportunities abroad and recruited applicants.

Eager for employment, the complainant contacted and communicated with the individual through Messenger.

In order to secure the job, the complainant was asked to pay a processing fee of P35,000.

The complainant said she verified the official address of Hard Earned Opportunities, Inc. and contacted the recruitment agency to inquire about Marisa Rumbaoa Ursulum’s affiliation.

The complainant was informed that Ursulum was neither an employee nor connected to the recruitment agency, and that no job order for a fisherman position in Korea existed.

An entrapment operation resulted in the arrest of the suspect after she agreed to meet at the suspect’s office address, where the complainant was instructed to hand the payment to the secretary identified as Michelle Dichoso.