A former legal officer of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) a criminal complaint for violation of anti-trafficking law against officials and employees of the agency.
Charged for violation of Republic Act 9203, otherwise known as the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003”, were lawyers Alejandro Paaen, Director IV; Jesus Gabriel Domingo, and Marieta Labong Dela Cruz; Ernesto Viostro and Naigel Gabito, all of the POEA.
The complainant, lawyer Stephen Cascolan, former legal officer of POEA, said that he has documents showing that those officials and employees were responsible for sending Filipino workers abroad.
Also charged were Edgardo Wisco, of the World View International Services; Marichu Elagha, of Future Careers Recruitment Agency; and Amelita Villarosa, of Shanlene Manpower.
The respondents allegedly were able to send Filipino workers abroad, despite having an expired license, respectively.
State Prosecutor Lilian Doris-Alejo has set the case for preliminary investigation and ordered the respondents to submit their counter-affidavits on or before March 8, 2011. (PNA)