SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—Authorities rescued 35 persons from human trafficking and arrested four suspects during separate entrapment and rescue operations in Nueva Ecija on August 25.
In a statement Monday, PCol Rhoderick B Campo, officer in charge of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office, said joint operatives conducted the entrapment and rescue operation at Lucky Jhey Resort in Purok 2, Brgy. Bakero, Cabanatuan City.
Police Regional Office 3 Director BGen. Valeriano T. De Leon said the rescue operation conducted by joint forces of different police units “strongly sends a message that the Philippine National Police sternly implements its focused police operations to curb all forms of criminality within the four corners of the country.”
Officers of the Regional Anti-Trafficking in Persons Task Group 3, Regional Women and Children Protection Desk, Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division, and Cabanatuan City Social Welfare department rescued 22 male victims and arrested Ronalyn C. Pascua, alias “Jhazz,” and Mark Victor R. Tiquia, alias “Mica,” both of legal age and residents of Cabanatuan City.
Meanwhile, seven persons more were rescued in a follow-up entrapment and rescue operation conducted at Manson Lodge at San Juan ACCFA, Cabanatuan. Arrested was Danny Boy Pascual Flores alias “Ashley,” of legal age and a resident of Cabanatuan.
Six individuals were also rescued during an entrapment and rescue operation at Odaiba Lodging House in Gen. Tinio, H. Concepcion, Cabanatuan. Arrested was Jezzah Marijo Quejada Ferrer, alias “Irish,” 20 and a resident of Narra 1, Vitas, Cabanatuan.
The rescued persons were all requested to undergo physical examinations.
Appropriate charges for violations of Republic Act 9208 as amended by RA 10364 and RA 7610 are being readied against the suspects for filing in court.