NBI agents nab woman recruiting APEC ‘staff’

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ILOILO CITY: Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) apprehended a notorious illegal recruiter for recruiting volunteers, tour guides and delegation officers without authority from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation-Iloilo Organizing Committee 2015 (APEC-IOC 2015).

Junel Ann Divinagracia, executive director of APEC-IOC 2015, identified the illegal recruiter as Rems Roberto, also known as Remy Degoma, with address at Zone 2 Tanza St., Iloilo City. The suspect uses only her cellphone to recruit hapless victims.

Divinagracia said that Roberto introduces herself to her victims as the operation manager and general manager of Strong Demand People Outsourcing Co. with a reported home office in Makati City.

Several city hall employees complained about the activities of the illegal recruiter who claimed she was recruiting in behalf of the APEC IOC 2015 delegation officers and tour guides for APEC officials coming to Iloilo City on September and October 2015.


Roberto reportedly has an APEC identification card and T-shirt to somewhat legitimize her recruitment transactions. She is accused of charging victims P1,500 to P2,000 each, and interviews her victims at the JD restaurant at Infante street, Molo.

Iloilo City is hosting two APEC Ministerial Conference meets with a participation of more than 2,000 delegates from 21 countries in Asia and the Pacific.

The NBI was able to apprehend Roberto in an entrapment operation and found several documents showing recruitment positions for immediate postings for work abroad and in the Philippines.

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