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Recruiter: Phantom of the Opera
« on: August 05, 2007, 10:26:16 AM »
Written By Bingo P. Dejaresco III
The Bohol Chronicle

Hardly had the ink dried on our warning on schemes fleecing Filipinos of their hard-earned bucks, when we hear of some 100 poor Leyte residents victimized by illegal recruiters.

The modern-day con-men gave a flashy address to the unsuspecting provincianos of Burauen Leyte - a class act pre-departure board and lodging hospitality at a Harvard Street in Green Valley Heights in Marikina City. They were promised teaching jobs and hotel employment in Italy, Japan and Hong Kong.

There are now a growing number of well-placed professionals in Italy; Japan has opened its doors other than for the infamous Japayukis whose talent fee lay on their abilities in between their sing and dance routine; Hong Kong had always been like an extension of Manila with Filipinos crowding the malls, flea markets and parks on Sundays. It was easy marketing sell.

In their desperation over low wages in the Philippines, most of the victims who were teachers and even principals of high schools who were sweet-talked to fork out up to P13,000 in processing fee or a total of P1.3 million victim fees for just one small town in Leyte.

How many other similar towns in other parts of the country had been victimized?

They arrived the other day at the Manila Domestic Airport supposedly to be met by their recruiters and housed before their final departure. Their destinations turned out to be common for all: Nowhere City in Neverland. And the recruiters: Phantom of the Opera.

The poor victims had to pester their relatives to temporarily house them since they had lost their shirts in terms of the processing fees and airplane fare to Manila. Now they have to borrow money to fly or sail back to Leyte.

We reiterate our plea to fellow Boholanos to stay on guard because while a million Filipinos do make the grade as new OFWs every year, there is a growing sense that a significant many are not able to do because of illegal recruiters. Be not one of them.

But you could be luckier than the hundreds of socialites, men of the world, politicians, showbiz people, military men, sports stars and businessmen who were ripped off their money worth US$250 million (translate: P11 billion) by a foreign exchange trade schemer called Performance Investment Products Corp. which has housed in the plush Citibank building in Makati.

Most of the trade was coursed through a large Dutch offshore banking institution called ABN-AMRO and legitimized by the corporate savvy and pretty good looks of the General Manager Cristina Gonzales-Tuason.

In a matter of days, the owner Singaporean Liew acquired invisible powers and left with nary a trace of his destination - and the whole caboodle of P11 billion with him.

The scheme included a handsome 12% net interest performance of the Fund whose marketability rested on the names among the roster of its "savvy, celebrity" investors.

Some people never learn - or a sucker is really born every minute.

We continue to receive devious and dubious inputs in our computer or cellular phones about having won this and that lottery or this game of chance. All of them are duds or blank bullets, if you are a soldier.

These on top of the residential and condo scams, fake pawnshops with no ground rules and networking galore with outrageous reward schemes based on your ability to con your next neighbor. We should henceforth educate them on the Ninth Commandment: Not to Covet thy Neighbor's Goods.

Meantime, a good advice to all we learned from Grade II: Look before you leap.
The swimming pool may have no water.

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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2007, 10:52:35 PM »
Hala no, kauyaw ba ana, tinuod jud nga magbantayug dili dayon mosalig sa kwarta kay basin bisan unya thank you walay ato..

Luoy sab atong naana sa airport oi... kita sab ko sa maalaala ana.. pareha nga panghitabo..
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2007, 08:38:26 AM »
Sus intawn! maayo nalang pud kay diha pa sila sa Pilipinas. Unsaon nalang ug sa abroad na sila unya sa airport ra pud sila kutob...mas dako nga problema.



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