An alleged illegal recruiter was arrested inside the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) premises in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday after the POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment operatives discovered his modus operandi.
POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac identified the suspect as Regulus Mallari, 47, who is now facing charges of illegal recruitment.
According to Cacdac, it was the third time in as many years that an illegal recruiter was arrested at the POEA grounds.
The authorities found out that Mallari had been recruiting factory workers for Japan. His five latest victims whom he brought to the POEA to process their documents testified that the illegal recruiter charged each of them Php50,000.
Prior to his arrest, Mallari caught the suspicion of the POEA security guard when the former asked his victims to wait in the POEA lobby while he went to the second floor of the building.
Since Mallari was not accredited to transact with POEA personnel and his victims eventually became suspicious, they were invited to the POEA security office where they were interviewed by POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment operatives.
Upon learning of Mallari’s modus operandi, the POEA immediately reported the incident to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) operatives who arrested and detained him on charges of illegal recruitment. PNA