By Roy Mabasa
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reminded passport applicants to be careful and avoid fixers following the arrest of 23 suspects on the sale of the passport appointment slot on separate entrapment operations.
According to police reports, the 23 fixers were identified as Nenita Ugalde, 63; Noelito Ventura, 46; Marlon Narvaez, 35; Amalia Tagarilo, 44; Marilyn Tabay, 52; Michael Montel, 42; Alejandra Sacdalan, 48; Jonathan Tagarino, 46; Yolanda Villanueva, 45; Gina Carbon, 47; Maila Caluya, 47; Ligaya Banares, 63; Zaldy Pelonia, 52; Lilia Felix, 54; Roselyn Oliveros, 28; Rosalinda Zamora, 40; Criza Mae Castor, 24; Aileen Casita, 51; Marivic Arojo, 33; Mark Justine Doromal, 29; Ricardo Rojas, 50; Vilma Evite, 46; and Evangeline Soriano, 52.
Southern Police District director Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario said the suspects were apprehended at separate operations conducted at ASEANA, Parañaque; in Libertad, Pasay; and at Gate 3 Plaza in Taguig.
Apolinario added that the operation was conducted by policemen who pretended to be passport applicants. He said this is a result of a long-standing surveillance work where various DFA offices are being monitored in Metro Manila since Feb. 15.
The surveillance was made at the request of the Department of Foreign Affairs, after being informed that there are fixers selling their passport appointment slots in exchange for cash payments.
The DFA however did not disclose in its statement as to whether the suspects are in cahoots with DFA employees.
The suspects will be charged with the violation of Republic Act 9485 or estafa.