Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 00:00 / Written by : George Hubierna
Macabulos, Tarlac City
-- The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 3 yesterday filed
three criminal charges against four suspects after they rescued 14 young
women, who were reportedly forced to work as prostitutes at Nilda’s
Kubo-Kubo in Bgy. Palimbo, Camiling, Tarlac.
officer Chief Insp. Richard Caballero identified the suspects as Vivian
Pelayo, Benny Baritua, a certain “Ome” and Nilda Laot, the owner of the said
they earlier received a call from the CIDG in Bacolod City upon the request
of its chief executive Mayor Atty. Evelio Leonardia that one of the victim’s
sister, identified as Madonna Ibanez of Bgy. Banago, sought his help for the
rescue of her sister.
It was told that
Madonna’s sister Viel (not her real name), was applying for job abroad but
due to lack of money she decided to work for a while so she can pay the
processing of her papers.
Viel said she
was recruited to work as waitress but to her surprise, she was forced to be
a prostitute. She landed first in Bugallon, Pangasinan and later transferred
to Camiling, Tarlac.
managed to send a text message to her sister about her problem, prompting
her sister to report the matter to their mayor and to the CIDG in Bacolod
the CIDG, together with Provincial Intelligence Branch led by Supt. Bayani
Razalan, raided the place and rescued Viel as well as the other 13 victims
and accosted Baritua and Laot while the two other suspects escaped.
was successful after PO2 Amado Basilio Jr., PO2 Alfredo Santos, June
Santiago (CIDG asset), together with two media personalities Homer Teodoro
of GMA7 and Nelson Bolos of Northern Observer posed as customer. They
requested to take out girls and paid P3,000 as bar fines. Upon handing the
amount to Baritua, the operatives announce the raid.
were charged with violation of RA 9208 of the Anti-Human Trafficking Act
with no bail recommended and a case of white slave trade with recommended
bail of P24,000 each filed before Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Eduardo M.
Guardiano. Grave coercion charges were also filed before the Municipal Trial
Court in Camiling town with recommended bail of P12,000 each.
Tarlac police director Senior Supt. Alfred Corpus, some important
personalities tried to negotiate in behalf of the accused but the victim
refused and turned down any monetary offer and pursued to file a case
against the suspects.
Viel was placed
under the custody of CIDG here for her protection and security while the 13
victims were turned over to barangay officials after giving their statement.