NBI arrests 2 illegal recruiters

Published June 27, 2019, 8:31 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Jeffrey Damicog

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested two suspected large-scale illegal recruiters who have been deploying Filipinos to the United States.

NBI Deputy Director Vicente De Guzman III identified the two arrested persons as Irmalyn Melodias-Torres and Gerald Melodias.

De Guzman said agents of the NBI’s Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD) arrested the two based on the arrest warrants issued by the Puerto Princesa Regional Trial Court (RTC) where they are facing charges of estafa and large-scale illegal recruitment.

Torres and Melodias were apprehended during operations in Quezon City on June 20 and in Valenzuela City on June 21, respectively.

De Guzman noted that the arrest was done with the help of the US Embassy in Manila which also sought the arrest of Torres and Melodias to end their illegal recruitment activities.

The NBI official added the US Embassy also requested other victims of illegal recruitment to come forward and file complaints against the two.

NBI AOTCD Chief Joel Tovera said the suspects offer their victims work in the US as domestic helpers and caregivers with a monthly salary ranging from P80,000 to P100,000.

In exchange, the suspects ask their victims processing fees ranging from P300,000 to P500,000.

Tovera said elderly Filipinos with US visas have been used in securing visas to the victims who are introduced as their caregivers.