2 illegal recruiters fall, 35 victims rescued PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:57

Operatives of the City Police Office’s Women and Children Section led by Sr. Insp. Gemma Luna under the supervision of City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin Deocampo rescued 35 men, who were victims of illegal recruitment and arrested two recruiters at the Guiwan Bus Terminal last Tuesday night.


Luna identified the suspects as Darling Ikbala and Elisa Cabahug. Their cohort identified as Cesar Vilaksi eluded arrest.

The victims said that several days ago, they were convinced by Vilaksi to work at a palm oil farm that pays good salary in Malaysia.

They quoted Vilaksi to have said that he already worked in Malaysia with the help of Ikbala and Cabahug and he had a good working experience.

With Vilaksi's convincing words, they each paid P1,500 to Ikbala and Cabahug for the promised jobs in Malaysia.

The victims boarded a bus at Sibugay along with Ikbala, Cabahug and Vilaksi and arrived here Tuesday night.

Before their arrival, Luna had already received an information about them.

When the bus stopped at the terminal, Luna and her men collared Ikbala and Cabahug while Vilaksi was able to run away.

The suspects as well the victims were taken to the City Police Office for further investigation.

At the police station, the victims told the police that they do not have passport and other travel documents.

Police also found out that Ikbala and Cabahug are not licensedby the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency to recruit workers for work abroad.

The suspects were detained pending the filing of illegal recruitment case against them in court. -- Dan Toribio Jr.