Illegal Recruitment Syndicate Leader Nabbed in Entrapment Operation

An alleged leader of a reported illegal recruitment syndicate was arrested outside a casino facility in Parañaque City, the Philippine National Police said.

Operatives have conducted an entrapment operation against Anna Macadangdang after several people looking for jobs abroad filed complaint against her.

One of her victims, Jen, not her real name, said they were promised jobs in farms and factories in Japan and South Korea. They were asked to pay up to P150,000 for placement fee, medical tests and processing fee.

None of the applicants were ever deployed abroad, she said.

“This is the first time I wanted to leave the country to work. I borrowed money so that could pay the placement fees, but she fooled us,” Jen told reporters.

Another victim, identified only as Rolly, said they found out that the suspect was not authorized by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to recruit workers for jobs abroad.

“She’s destroyed a lot of families. I’m not able to send money to my kids in Bicol because I spent my last funds for my trip to [from Bicol] go to her in Manila and to pay for what she was asking, I had to save for that,” Rolly said.

Roque Medergia, a police officer who was part of the entrapment operation team, said Macadangdangs’s syndicate started its operations three years ago. Since then, hundreds have fallen victim to this syndicate nationwide, Medergia said.

He called on victims of illegal recruiters to cooperate with authorities and give information to the Aanti-Transnational Crimes Unit through hotlines ‎0949-865-2400 and ‎0916-617-6969.