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Jordanian, linked to recruitment syndicate, now in jail

By NITZ ARANCON
Correspondent .

A National Bureau of Investigation agent guides Jordanian Mog Khalil Tarnish, accused of syndicated illegal recruitment, outside a court yesterday. From the court, he was brought to prison where he would await trial. (photo by Nitz Arancon)

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday brought here a Jordanian, arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in February, so he could stand trial for string of syndicated illegal recruitment cases in the city.

NBI regional director Patricio Bernales identified the foreigner as Moh Khalil Tarnish.  

Tarnish was brought to the 18th branch of the Regional Trial Court here before he was sent to the capitol-run prison on Antonio Luna and Corrales streets where he would remain detained while awaiting trial.

Bernales said Tarnish was arrested at the Naia by NBI agents from the National Capitol Region on Feb. 18, 2019 during an entrapment.

While being held, the NBI agents there discovered that Tarnish has been charged with illegal recruitment by a syndicate and economic sabotage cases at the sala of regional Judge Emmanuel Pasal.

Bernales said the Jordanian has also been accused of violating the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, and no bailbond was recommended.

Tarnish was sued together with his alleged accomplices identified as Ma. Annabelle Esteban a.k.a. Ma. Annabelle Tarnish, Marlyn Esteban a.k.a. Marlyn Salvante, and Ale Tarnish of Zone 1, Sta. Ana, Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental.

The cases were filed in connection with the recruitment of Elmer Espano of Tagoloan, Raffy Villamor, Ma. Cecilia Villadores, Jerry Colita and Oscar Estabaya of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental.

Provincial prosecutor Ethelinda Bacal said Espano, Villamor, Villadores, Colita, and Estabaya were promised work in Dubai by Tarnish’s group during the period of August-October 2017, without a license to recruit from the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

Bacal said the group then asked the alleged victims P30 thousand each supposedly for their placement, processing and examination fees, among others.

After being presented in court at around 11 am yesterday, Judge Pasal signed a commitment order and Tarnish was sent to the Misamis Oriental provincial jail.

Meanwhile, Bernales has appealed to other alleged victims to come forward so prosecutors could strengthen their cases and so that authorities could file more charges against the Jordanian and his alleged accomplices.

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