Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged incoming President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte to help OFW to protect from illegal recruitment.
“We hope they would at least include solving the problem of illegal recruitment in their agenda,” Baldoz.
Baldoz said that Duterte administration should consider imposing death penalty to those that are engaged in illegal recruitment activities.
Duterte already stated about reviving death penalty for heinous crimes.
Duterte said that heavy penalties should be considered for those criminals involved in illegal drugs, gun-for-hire syndicates, and in “heinous crimes” like rape, robbery with murder.
"Illegal recruitment activities should be considered as an organized or heinous crime for duping aspiring overseas Filipino workers." the outgoing labor chief said.
“Right now, the law already provides the highest penalty of life imprisonment since it is considered as economic sabotage. So considering illegal recruitment for death penalty could be considered,” she added.
According on the Rule IV, Section 5 of Republic Act No. 10022 the penalty of life imprisonment shall be imposed if illegal recruitment constitutes economic sabotage, wherein a syndicate or a group of three persons or more conspired to commit the activity.