‘Illegal recruiter’ posts bail, leaves jail during court trial

THE alleged illegal recruiter who was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 in an entrapment posted bail and gained temporary liberty yesterday.

Himaya Talisic Tancawan was released from detention after she posted a cash bail bond of P24,000 before the Regional Trial Court-Office of the Clerk of Court.

She will face trial for allegedly violating Republic Act 8042, or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act.

The law defines illegal recruitment as “any act of canvassing, enlisting, contracting, transporting, utilizing, hiring, procuring workers and includes referring, contact services, promising or advertising for employment abroad, whether for profit or not, when undertaken” by a non-licensed agency or person.

Tancawan is not licensed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

Last Wednesday morning, Tancawan was arrested in an entrapment by a team of NBI agents led by Special Investigator Florante Gaoiran. She was caught in the act of receiving P9,000 from the sister of Joy Alvarez outside a money transfer branch on F. Ramos St., Cebu City.

Tancawan allegedly received P100,000 (not P80,000 as earlier reported) from Alvarez, who hails from Digos, Davao del Sur. The accused promised to process the papers so the victim can work in an international ship again.

Alvarez waited for almost a year to find a job. He did not get the documents that were supposed to signify he has been hired. He was not trained by the agency where Tancawan's husband works.

Tancawan denied she duped Alvarez. She said it was Alvarez who did not show up for the training.

Alvarez's older sister met Tancawan at the airport in Manila in 2012 where the latter promised to help Joy find a job.

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