2 Fake Coast Guard Recruiters of Applicants Arrested in Isabela

PCG Arrested 2 Fake Coast Guard Recruiters Victimizing Applicants in Isabela

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel arrested two fake coast guard recruiters victimizing applicants in Isabela.

PCG and the Philippine National Police (PNP) apprehended two alleged unlawful recruiters in Isabela City, Basilan. Yazier Tanji Balling, 32, of Barangay Kaumpurnah Zone 1, Isabela City, and his accomplice, Rodel Alegre Lagayan, 44, of Barangay Lapiedad, Isabela City, were identified as the suspects.

Fake Coast Guard Recruiters

In the initial police statement, Balling requested P60,000 from the applicants, promising admission to the PCG in exchange for such a sum. He allegedly stole money and documents from several applicants throughout the PCG recruitment process.

According to the report, the suspects directly took “marked money” worth P91,000 from people who appeared to be PCG applicants during the entrapment operation. Authorities apprehended the two immediately after receiving the money.

Multiple PCG program folders, a cellular phone, and a sling bag containing the “marked money” were recovered from Balling and Lagayan. They were taken to the Isabela City Police Station to be charged with violating Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code (Estafa).

PCG advises candidates to report anyone who approaches them to process their application in exchange for money to the Coast Guard Human Resource Management Command (0935-782-2386) or the Coast Guard Intelligence Force (0926-628-4519) for prompt action.

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