BI warns job seekers vs lucrative jobs in Lebanon

June 24, 2024 Jun I. Legaspi 158 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned the public against deceitful recruitment practices promising lucrative jobs in Lebanon, as these practices still persist despite anti-trafficking efforts.

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansincgo issued a warning upon learning of the recent interception of one Filipino woman at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 last Friday, June 21.

In a report to BI Commissioner Tansingco, the BI’s immigration protection and border enforcement section (I-PROBES) said a 57-year-old female victim was stopped from leaving the country before she could board a Philippines Airlines Flight to Thailand.

I-PROBES personnel, who interviewed the woman, stated that initially, she claimed to be a traveling tourist to visit a relative in Thailand, but later admitted that her true destination is Lebanon.

She eventually confessed that the travel documents they presented were counterfeit, given by the recruiter whom she had only communicated with via Facebook Messenger.

She admitted that the recruiter had instructed her to present herself as a tourist to mislead immigration officers during interviews.

Investigations revealed that the female victim had previously worked as an OFW in Lebanon and wanted to return to work using illegal means.

The victim was turned over to the IACAT for further investigation and filing of cases against her recruiter.

“We urged Filipinos to refrain from accepting job offers in Lebanon due to heightened risks to their safety and well-being,” said BI Commissioner Tansingco. “Do not engage in employment opportunities in Lebanon, as they pose risks of exposure to unsafe conditions. Your safety is more important,” he added.

Meanwhile, a South Korean woman wanted by authorities in her country for involvement in fraudulent investment scams was arrested at NAIA Terminal 3.

Tansingco said the 42-year-old passenger was stopped from leaving the country at the NAIA Terminal 3 last June 18 when she was supposed to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Hanoi.

She was offloaded from her flight after the BI officer who processed her saw that the passenger prompted a positive hit in the derogatory check system indicating that she had a blue notice from Interpol.

The woman’s name was withheld pursuant to existing Interpol protocols on persons with blue notices.

According to the BI-Interpol, the woman is suspected of defrauding in 2019 many of her compatriots in an investment scam wherein she was able to entice the victims to deposit their money into her bank account.

The victims were promised huge returns on their investments which the suspect claimed she would use as capital for her money lending business. She reneged on her promise and the victims’ combined losses reportedly amounted to more than 385 million won, or roughly US$277,000.