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Bishop supports crackdown on illegal recruiters


By Christina Hermoso

A Roman Catholic Church leader has expressed support to government efforts to intensify the crackdown on illegal recruiters.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga. (CBCP / NICO BALBEDINA / MANILA BULLETIN)

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga

Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos said the government must go after illegal recruiters, who victimize unsuspecting Filipino workers with fake job offers.

“The crackdown on illegal recruitment agencies must be intensified and done constantly and consistently. These agencies must be investigated and prosecuted if proven guilty,” said Santos, former head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.

Santos’ term as CBCP-ECMI chairman ended last December 1. He was replaced by Romblon Bishop Narciso Abellana who will serve until Nov. 30, 2021.

President Duterte has ordered concerned agencies to intensify their anti-illegal recruitment campaign. Local recruitment agencies must also be placed under strict government regulations, he said.
“Illegal recruiters are like drug traffickers. They are the same with their evil deeds and criminal acts that ruin a person’s life. Both destroy life and lead to death. To protect our family and society means to safeguard them from drug peddlers and illegal recruiters,” Santos said in a CBCP News post.

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