Two Filipina were tagged in massive illegal recruitment in Hong Kong victimizing fellow Filipinos.
Illegal recruitment is one of the roots of the suffering of many Filipinos who are dreaming of providing financial stability for their family in the Philippines. When they fall prey to these recruiters, their dreams eventually gets shattered even before it gets realized. What’s crueler is that there are Filipinos victimizing their fellow kababayans.
In Hong Kong, two Filipina were arrested because they were key players in the illegal recruitment of about 60 Filipinos. They were offering non-existing jobs as gardeners and domestic helpers to their victims.
Since January this year, it is said that the two netted about P3 million from their victims. Consul General Raly Tejada promised to help resolve the issue and to look over the case together with some relevant authorities in Hong Kong as well as the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.
One victim identified as Maricris Vargas said that she lost about PhP150,000 after sending it to the scammers in installment. It is said that a certain Ruby Ariz Bote promised that she will help her obtain a working visa after paying P150,000.
“As I did not have enough money, I asked my relatives in the Philippines to remit the amount to (Bote) for me. Bote then gave a name to me for the remittance: Marilyn Pascua Gregory,” says one of the victims. Almost all victims confessed that the name on the remittance receipt goes to this Gregory.
The Consul General is also considering the issuance of an advisory to raise awareness among Filipinos to be very careful when accepting jobs abroad.