NBI files criminal raps against Lebanese national, 7 Filipinos PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2015 15:04

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal charges against a Lebanese national and seven Filipinos, including three immigration officers and a member of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), who allegedly conspired with the foreigner in the commission of human trafficking, syndicated estafa and large-scale illegal recruitment.

In the case filed before the DOJ, the respondents were identified as Pascal M. Sreih, Lebanese national of Harmony Hills Subdivision, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan; Vilmarose Matagay; Rolando Matagay; Reynaldo Rocello, of Olongapo City; Joey Paulino Escobar and Fidel Mendoza, both immigration officers assigned in Zamboanga City; Eric John Dela Cruz, member of the PCG also assigned in Zamboanga City, and another identified only as alias “Flor”.

Of the eight suspects, Dela Cruz and alias “Flor” remain at-large while the six others were arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by the NBI Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTRAD) in coordination with the Presidential Anti Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) and Naval Intelligence Service Force (NISF).

In the affidavit of Ma. Gracela Angeles with the NBI, the suspects are members of an organized group of recruiter, who conspired with their foreign counterpart in Lebanon and the members of the PCG and Immigration, who were recruiting Filipinas and sent as domestic helpers to Lebanon.

According to the complainant, the documents of the syndicate did not pass through the legal process with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) as prescribed for foreign deployment and despite the existing “deployment ban” of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Lebanon.

The complaint added that the applicants were sent to a house in Camarin, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City and then they will be brought to Zamboanga City and through the “southern backdoor” they will be brought to Saridakan, Malaysia.

Last Sept. 12, Angeles, together with the other applicants were brought by the suspects to Zamboanga City where they temporarily stayed in Blue Shark Hotel.

The complainant added that the applicants were told to dress up with the color “peach and pink ponytail” in their left hands as a symbol to the accomplice PCG and BI officers in the area.

When the victims were on the way to board the bus which will take them to the ship, they were then apprehended by the NBI operatives.