79 would-be trafficking victims rescued in Recodo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 11:29

By DAN TORIBIO

Government operatives rescued on Monday night 79 would-be of human trafficking victims aboard a motor launch at the Recodo dry dock.

A police report disclosed that the boat M/L Yasda manned by seven crew headed by its skipper Estacio Pateño, 66, of Sinunuc left Baliwasan Seaside last April 2 around 2 a.m. bound for Taganak Island, Tawi-Tawi then to Sabah, Malaysia ferrying 79 persons mostly women, but upon reaching the vicinity of Balok-Balok Island, the vessel suffered engine trouble.

The boat was towed by another boat going to the Recodo dry dock.

An informant tipped the PRO9’s Women and Children Protection Desk under Supt. Christine Tan on the boat carrying illegally recruited job seekers.

At this point, police coordinated with other agencies and conducted a rescue operation.

The police headed by Tan and Ayala Police Station commander Sr. Insp. Karib Muharram proceeded to Recodo, rescued the 79 passengers and arrested the boat crewmen.

The rescued would be victims were temporarily sheltered at the DSWD while investigation was still on going. – Dan Toribio