(Eagle News)–The National Bureau of Investigation has arrested at least 11 people, including a Sudanese and an Egyptian, for alleged large-scale illegal recruitment.
In a statement, the NBI said Egyptian Ahmed Ragab Ramadan Ahmed, Sudanese Muwafag Yusuf Omer Musa alias Muwafag Yusuf Omer, and Filipinos Lorezel Mainit Reyes-Sarte, Laila Verano Aquino, Jhona Pestijo Pastora, Rhazmalyn Ibrahim Musa, Josephus Askin Pacer, Vea Casandra Tindugan Berja, Howard Justin Villate Apuntar, Geanmarie Garay Ner and Julieta Ferrer Mendoza were arrested in separate entrapment operations in Pasay and Laguna on Aug. 16.
The operations stemmed from a complaint filed by three people against RM Advent Services Inc. in Pasay.
The three said they had been promised they would be deployed to Saudia Arabia as domestic helpers provided they complied with the necessary requirements.
The NBI said pending their deployment, the suspects asked them to recruit more Filipinos for deployment to Saudi.
A check with the Philippine Employment Overseas Agency showed, however, that while RM Advent Services Inc. had a valid license until Jan. 10, 2022, Musa, Ser, Sarte, Aquino, Antigro had not been authorized by POEA to recruit, nor were they affiliated with RM.
The others could not present any license to recruit to authorities when asked, the NBI said.
Charges for will be filed against the suspects.