Monday, April 4, 2011

No show at recruiter hearing

Ah...drug recruiter naman pala talaga. Hindi employment agent. And to make it clear, the three were not OFW's but just "mules." However, they were not innocent drug mules. They knew what they were transporting. And they were not that poor according to an article I read. Their houses were made of strudy materials, hindi tapal-tapal lang. Let us stop calling drug mules who get caught as OFW. it is unfair sa mga tunay na OFW.

 

Ordinarios no-show at hearing vs recruiter

Posted at 04/04/2011 6:50 PM | Updated as of 04/04/2011 9:29 PM


MANILA, Philippines - The Ordinario family was a no-show in the initial hearing for the preliminary investigation of charges of illegal recruitment against Tita Cacayan, the alleged recruiter of Sally Ordinario-Villanueva.
Cacayan has been charged with violating Republic Act 8043, otherwise known as the "Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995" and Republic Act 9208, also known as the "Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003."
The Ordinarios have accused Cacayan of luring Villanueva into being a drug mule. Villanueva was intercepted by authorities in Xiamen, China on December 24, 2008 while smuggling 4,110 grams (more than 4 kilos) of heroin.
Villanueva had maintained to her death that she was unaware of the presence of illegal drugs in her luggage. She was executed last March 30 with two other Filipino drug mules - Ramon Credo and Elizabeth Batain.
Cacayan arrived at the Department of Justice (DOJ) this afternoon amid heavy security from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) under which she is on protective custody for fear of her life.
Asked by Senior State Prosecutor Lilian Doris Alejo if she understood the charges against her, Cacayan said she did not. She also arrived without counsel and was temporarily assigned a counsel in the person of Atty. Florences Sta. Ana from the DOJ's Action Center.
Asked by reporters for a statement on the charges against her, Cacayan said, "Si Lord na bahala sa kanila." She did not issue further statements to the media and refused to face the cameras.
Under Section 6 of RA 9208, talks about confidentiality of human trafficking cases and the right to privacy of the trafficked person and the accused "at any stage of the investigation, prosecution and trial of an offense" are violations under the Act.
Under its Implementing Rules and Regulations, violations of confidentiality provisions are punishable with imprisonment of 6 years and a fine not less than P500,000 but not more than P1 million.
Cacayan asked for extension of time to file her counter-affidavit, saying she only a received the subpoena last March 31. Her request was granted, considering that the complainants will also have to be served their subpoenas to appear in the next hearing scheduled on April 18.
She also has pending cases at the DOJ for violation of the "Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002," Kidnapping and Grave Coercion. These charges are also under preliminary investigation.

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