Reinvestigation of illegal recruitment raps vs woman okayed

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Saturday, August 20, 2011


DAVAO CITY -- A family court judge granted Wednesday the motion for reinvestigation filed by the counsel of a woman accused of illegally recruiting and detaining more than 70 women and girls for a promised job abroad.

Large-scale illegal recruitment and serious illegal detention cases were filed against the caretaker of a house where the women and children were found.

The case is now with the sala of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 12 Judge Pelagio Paguican.

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But Paguican told Sun.Star Davao that he approved the motion for reinvestigation filed by lawyer Noel Dignadice during the hearing of motion on Wednesday morning.

He said he gave prosecutor Minerva Pepino-Estremos 30 days to file the resolution for reinvestigation.

The caretaker, a woman, was charged with illegal recruitment after Lucia L. Villamayor, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) licensing branch director, certified that the accused is not in the list of recruiters under M.R. International Manpower Services.

POEA also found out that the license of the branches of M.R International in Davao City and Tacurong expired last March 15.

The branches with expired licenses are located at First Door 6-Door Commercial and Residential Building, Roxas Avenue, Davao City, and 2-A Notre Dame Centrum II National Highway, Tacurong City. Only the branch at No. 1736-D&E, Dian Street, Palanan, Makati City has a valid license to operate until March 15, 2015.

The women and children were rescued from a house along Molave Street in Juna Subdivision.

The caretaker is also accused of illegally detaining the victims as their identity papers were taken from them and they were not allowed to go outside the house' premises.

An uncle of one of the victims went to the house and asked that his 19-year-old niece be allowed to go home for Ramadan, but he was told she can only leave if they pay P15,000 for board and lodging.

The Davao Prosecutor’s Office in a resolution dated August 4, found probable cause to charge the accused with large-scale illegal recruitment and serious illegal detention after five of the 70 victims filed complaints against her. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 20, 2011.

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