By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros has welcomed the order of Justice Secretary Boying Remulla to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe the alleged trafficking scheme of Filipinos into Myanmar to work as online scammers.
“This is of course very welcome as we really have to address the problem of trafficking on all fronts. As the lead convenor of the IACAT, the DOJ is well-positioned to look into this particular case of Pinoys being victimized into participating in scamming activities in Myanmar,” the senator said.
Earlier, Remulla has ordered NBI to look into the alleged trafficking scheme.
Hontiveros first revealed the online illegal recruitment scheme after one of the victims sought help from her office.
“Dati na nating nakatrabaho ang NBI pagdating sa paglalantad ng mga taong sangkot sa “pastillas scam.” Kaya umaasa akong magiging mabunga rin ang pagtutulungan ng ahensya at ng Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality sa pagsugpo dito sa bagong modus ng human trafficking,” the senator stressed.
“We cannot allow or afford the social and psychological consequences of lax border management, trafficking, and traumatic events endured by our OFWs,” Hontiveros added.