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Mary Jane Veloso's recruiters found guilty of illegal recruitment in separate case

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Ma Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao are sentenced to life imprisonment for the illegal recruitment of Lorna Valino, Ana Marie Gonzales, and Jenalyn Paraiso

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. In this photo taken on April 29, 2015, migrant recruiter Cristina Sergio (2nd L) is escorted by local government officials in a press conference in Manila, after being accused of duping Mary Jane Veloso into carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin to Indonesia from Malaysia. Photo by Rappler

Davao del Sur information officer arrested over illegal recruitment

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Police say provincial information officer Sherwin Cesar and his accomplice face large-scale estafa complaints

Indonesian police arrests 7 in 'record' human trafficking bust

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:58 AM

The alleged traffickers are suspected to have sent some 500 victims to work as domestic helpers in Morocco, 220 to Turkey, 300 more to Syria and another 200 to Saudi Arabia between 2018 and this year

RECORD BUST. Suspects face the wall during a press conference by Indonesian officials in Jakarta, on April 9, 2019, about trafficking-related offenses. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

CA again blocks Mary Jane Veloso's testimony from jail in case vs recruiter

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Court Of Appeals says the government must request Indonesia to allow the incarcerated Veloso to go to the Philippines and testify in courts here

Militant group Migrante with the mother of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Celia, march towards the Court of Appeals in Manila on January 25 to encourage the court to allow Veloso to give her testimony while inside the Indonesian jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

Demafelis' alleged recruiter may still face charges – POEA

Mar 05, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration says Agnes Tuballes could be held liable for referring slain worker Joanna Demafelis to the recruitment agency

ILLEGAL. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia says Agnes Tuballas may face illegal recruitment charges. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

POEA resumes OEC processing for Filipino workers

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Overseas employment certificates will now be processed after a 15-day suspension that had been prompted by reports of irregularities

OEC. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has lifted the suspension of the processing of overseas employment certificate. AFP file photo

DOLE suspends issuance of OECs for Filipino workers

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the suspension from November 13 to December 1 is due to reports of illegal recruitment and corruption in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

WATCH: How OFWs can avoid illegal recruitment

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Despite laws protecting migrant workers, OFWs continue to fall victim to illegal recruitment schemes

JOB HUNT. Workers inside the POEA wait to process applications to work abroad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH officials laud new UAE law protecting household workers

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The new law is signed in the United Arab Emirates amid concerns over human trafficking and illegal recruitment

REPATRIATION. OFWs to be repatriated back to the Philippines board the bus going to the airport. The embassy has repatriated around 1,600 OFWs since January 2017. Photo from the Philippine Embassy

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Mar 27, 2017 - 9:24 PM

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After 2 years, Mary Jane Veloso to testify in cases vs recruiters

Feb 25, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Veloso s testimony will be taken through deposition on April 27 in Indonesia for the cases filed against Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao

Maria Cristina Sergio and Mary Jane Veloso

15 Filipino human trafficking victims imprisoned in Malaysia – PH embassy

Aug 31, 2016 - 5:27 PM

The embassy warned about the increasing occurrence of a modus wherein Filipinos are brought to Malaysia illegally through Western Mindanao

P50,000-reward for tipsters vs illegal recruiters – DOLE

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:13 PM

The reward will be funded by an association of private recruitment agencies

PH to be test country for ILO's fair recruitment project

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The United Nations labor agency selects the Philippines as a pilot country for its program on establishing a model against illegal recruitment

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. Overseas Filipino workers have fallen to the trap of illegal recruiters due to the government's slow processing of their documents. Photo by Noel Celis/Rappler

Duterte: Intensify war vs human traffickers

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:51 PM

UPDATED During his State of the Nation Address Duterte says the war against traffickers and illegal recruiters is a problem he considers as important as drugs

Pre-employment seminar now mandatory for OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:21 PM

The Pre Employment Orientation Seminar PEOS is the government s online tool against illegal recruitment and for OFW safety in their host countries

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SEMINAR. Enhancements to the PEOS website was presented to the media on Thursday, June 16, at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

Cagayan de Oro school officials face illegal recruitment, estafa charges

Jun 01, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Graduates of a technical vocational school claim they were deceived by officials who promised them jobs abroad but the school says the alleged recruiter is to blame

How to report cases of human trafficking

Dec 28, 2015 - 4:42 PM

The deception illegal transfer and abuse of Filipinos simply looking for better opportunities in the city and abroad are realities that we cannot ignore

NATIONWIDE THREAT. The promise of better jobs via illegal recruitment usually lures victims of human trafficking. Rappler file image.

Immigration officials stop 12 trafficking cases at NAIA

Dec 04, 2015 - 6:21 PM

The Bureau of Immigration chief says the 12 passengers were promised jobs in China Hong Kong and Macau

STOPPED. The Bureau of Immigration stops 11 Filipinos from becoming victims of illegal trafficking on December 3. File photo by AFP

OFW advocate Susan Ople seeks senatorial seat

Oct 16, 2015 - 9:50 AM

This will be the first OFW driven national campaign Ople says

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Filipina workers flee after being forced to work in China

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:00 PM

The Filipinas knew it was illegal for foreign helpers to work in China so they decide to run away when they were taken to Hong Kong to re apply for tourist visas to the mainland

'Recruiter's responsibility doesn't end after deployment' – POEA

Aug 13, 2015 - 8:00 PM

POEA Director Robert Larga says that recruitment agencies need to constantly monitor the situation of the worker

New Zealand job applicants arrest fake recruiter

Aug 13, 2015 - 11:33 AM

The POEA says the duped applicants who were allegedly charged P35 000 to P40 000 each arrested the recruiter in the agency s premises

Complainant vs Mary Jane Veloso's recruiters backs out

Aug 05, 2015 - 9:07 PM

The large scale illegal recruitment case against Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao might be reduced to a simple illegal recruitment case which is bailable

Pardon 'best scenario' in Veloso case – DOJ

Jul 14, 2015 - 5:57 PM

The Philippines is also asking for access to convicted OFW Mary Jane Veloso after a string of cases were filed against her alleged recruiters

DOJ approves charges vs Mary Jane Veloso's recruiters

Jul 09, 2015 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED The cases against the 3 will be filed before a Nueva Ecija court on Friday July 10

Alliance launched to save Mary Jane Veloso

May 31, 2015 - 7:20 PM

Supporters of Mary Jane Veloso mark the first month since Indonesia delayed the migrant Filipino s execution

'Recruiter' Sergio confirms Mary Jane Veloso's story

May 21, 2015 - 9:32 AM

UPDATED Cristina Sergio the woman tagged as the culprit behind Mary Jane Veloso s arrest for drug smuggling in Indonesia claims Veloso is totally innocent and a victim of her own character flaws

[Conclusion] Cristina Sergio: Double life, lies, secrets

May 10, 2015 - 10:33 AM

A day before she turns herself in to authorities Sergio tells the Lacanilaos that she was only going to an Internet shop She never returns

[Part 1] Cristina Sergio: Double life, lies, secrets

May 09, 2015 - 7:15 PM

Cristina the alleged illegal recruiter of Mary Jane Veloso casually tells female villagers that if ever they want to work as domestic helpers she can help them find a job – anywhere

RECRUITER. Ma. Cristina Sergio, alleged recruiter of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, faces the media after arriving at Camp Crame on Wednesday to seek police protection. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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May 06, 2015 - 7:58 PM

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Mary Jane Veloso's recruiter brought to Camp Crame

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:27 PM

UPDATED Maria Kristina Sergio and her live in partner Julius Lacanilao arrive at the PNP headquarters in Quezon City past 5:30 pm

Ma. Kristina Sergio, alleged recruiter of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, faces the media after arriving at the Camp Crame in Quezon City on Wednesday to seek protective custody from the PNP. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

30 OFWs in Dubai duped with offers of better jobs – DOLE

Mar 26, 2015 - 9:54 AM

The Philippine agencies that recruited them may face criminal charges

Undocumented Filipino teachers in US asked to come forward

Oct 23, 2014 - 4:06 PM

The Philippine embassy in the US vows to pin down an illegal recruiter who had victimized 1 000 Filipino teachers from 2003 to 2007

Iglesia ni Cristo and POEA partner vs illegal recruitment

Oct 14, 2014 - 9:11 PM

INC has a presence in 100 countries potential destination of overseas Filipino workers

No placement fee? No kidding!

Aug 16, 2014 - 3:31 PM

One reason is the long held belief among Filipinos that if you want to go abroad to work you must be ready to hock properties or borrow money at high interest so you could pay your recruitment agent

Trafficking charges sought vs PH embassy official in Kuwait

Jan 18, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Sexual abuse unpaid back pay and a 20 hour work per day with no or limited food are just some of the conditions endured by complainants

POEA goes online to fight illegal recruitment

Jun 05, 2013 - 8:35 PM

POEA and an online recruitment company partners to educate filipino workers against overseas illegal recruitment

LEGAL. POEA Deputy Administrator Amuersina Reyes, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, Country Manager Mary Grace Colet, and Jobstreet Marketing Manager Carolyn Enriquez leads the fights against illegal recruitment of OFWs. Photo by Rappler/Ace Tamayo