THE five former applicants who turned complainants against Global Placement Provider Inc. have sought the assistance of the City Government of Bacolod for the possible revocation of the company's permit to operate.

Maritess Dumdum Manayon, Janice Alacapa, Lirenz Kaye Gamboa, Marvie Ann Donquines and Liezl Segovia wrote to the City Council and sought its assistance to help stop the operation of the alleged illegal placement company.

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They stated that Global Placement continues to operate and allegedly entices more applicants despite complaints of the company's failure to send applicants to the United Kingdom.

"We, as residents and taxpayers of Bacolod City, respectfully submit to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) our formal complaint against Global Placement Provider Inc, an agency that continues to operate in the City of Bacolod, which collected money from its applicant not only here in the Philippines but also from other countries with a promise to live, study and work in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland," the letter read.

"We have applied in 2009, but until now, the agency has not produced any visa and, worst, our passports and other important documents were withheld. What is alarming is that the agency continues to prey on the would-be victims and even opened other branches in Cebu and Davao Cities," it added.

Jocelyn Dableo Lantron, director of Global Placement Provider Inc. who is currently based in London, promised that it will only take at least two months to process the legal papers.

"But after waiting for quite some time and with a huge debt that our respective families incurred, the agency that we believe can provide, protect and guide us is the one which shortchanged, misled and caused us problems to our prejudice. Bad faith and deceit was employed by said agency," the letter said.

The complainants are hoping that the City Council can assist them in their problem as most of them are deeply buried in debts for having paid an initial amount of P100,000 to the said placement agency.

"We and our families hope to attain justice and we appeal to the City of Bacolod to use its power to stop the illegal operation by revoking the permit of the said company and to conduct a fact finding investigation in aid of legislation so that the truth will come out," the letter read.

The complainants dragged Councilor Caesar Distrito into the controversy, claiming that he was once the legal counsel of the couple Jocelyn and John Lantron, who also allegedly helped him in bid for the City Council.

Distrito, however, vehemently denied the allegation, saying that he just notarized some documents but he had never served as the legal counsel of the said company.

Distrito mulls filing libel charges against the complainants. He also plans to file the appropriate complaint against Council Secretary Nilo Alejandrino for his alleged failure to properly inform Distrito of the presence of the said letter which, according to the councilor, is defamatory.

Alejandrino said he welcomes the move of Distrito and he is ready to answer his complaint. He said that all members of the Council have received the letter complaint during the session. (Carla N. Cañet)