Illegal recruiter nabbed at POEA

Posted at 09/07/2012 4:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines – One of the three people who illegally recruited 19 potential overseas Filipino workers was arrested inside the premises of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Sandy Rhein Agsalog Espina was brought to the POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch for filing of formal charges.

In their joint affidavit, the victims who are all from Ilocos province, alleged that Espina, along with Alfred Chua and Cathy Molinar, recruited them in July and August 2012 for jobs as salespersons, waiters, hotel workers and waiters in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates with salaries ranging from P30,000 to P50,000.

The complainants said they were asked to pay an initial amount of P30,000 for placement fee, and another P40,000 on the date of departure.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the three recruiters have neither POEA authority nor license to recruit or deploy Filipino overseas workers. They have collected a little more than P500,000 from the complainants.

The applicants narrated that the recruiters asked them to be at POEA office in Mandaluyong City on August 28, 2012, supposedly for their pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS), medical tests, and for their alleged flight for UAE at 6:45 p.m.

The complainants came but not one of the three recruiters appeared. 

Cacdac said that when arrested on August 29, Espina was supposed to meet with one of the complainants at the POEA office to collect the balance of his placement fee.

Unknown to Espina, all the other applicants trooped to POEA on the same day to verify if the recruiters have license to recruit. Upon learning that the promised jobs are non-existent, they decided to confront Espina and arrested him.

However, Chua and Molinar remain at large.