Jay Sonza, a former news anchor and talk show presenter, has been arrested on allegations of participating in syndicated and extensive illegal recruitment activities.

The arrest of Sonza was confirmed by Glenn Ricarte, Assistant Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), on Tuesday.

Reportedly, on July 18, 2023, as Sonza was preparing to depart for Hong Kong, immigration authorities conducted an interview with him at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Subsequently, he was barred from boarding his flight upon the discovery of a pending estafa case against him.

Further investigations by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) revealed an active warrant for Sonza’s arrest on charges of syndicated and large-scale illegal recruitment. Consequently, the BI deemed it necessary to temporarily detain him.

According to Ricarte, custody of Sonza was eventually transferred to the NBI. It’s important to note that syndicated or large-scale illegal recruitment is a non-bailable offense.