Published: Monday 13 November, 2017

3 Returning OFWs Duped of Earnings & Pasalubongs by Salisi Operative

What was supposed to be a happy homecoming for three returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW) turned into a nightmare after they were duped of their money, gadgets and pasalubongs. The returning OFWs were victimized by a salisi operative in Pasay who pretended to be a returning OFW herself.

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Returning OFWs are the new targets of salisi syndicate.

The three Pinays had just returned from Kuwait last November 8 and on their way home to General Santos City. But since their flight to GenSan would be on the next day, the women were convinced to share a hotel in Pasay City by a ‘fellow OFW’ whom they met at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

“Siya iyong nag-suggest na maghanap kami ng hotel na ma-afford namin para magchip in, chip in na lang kami,” said one of the victims interviewed by GMA News.

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At the hotel, the women decided to go to a nearby mall. However, their new acquaintance convinced them to leave all their valuables and extra money at the hotel since it would be dangerous to carry bring it with them.

All four went to the mall together. But the fourth OFW then told them she for needed to withdraw money and looked for an ATM. Unknown to the three victims, the salisi operative went back to the hotel to rob them of their belongings.

“Habang kumakain kami parang nakaramdam na kami ng pagdududa kasi wala pa siya. Parang kinabahan na kami,” said one of the returning OFWs.

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Their hunch was correct. After returning to their hotel, they discovered that their money and valuables were gone. And so was their new friend.

“Yung pera pinaghirapan ko iyon. Naglilinis ako ng buong bahay nila para makasahod ako tapos iyon lang [ang mangyayari],” said one of them.

“Dugo’t pawis ko iyon eh. Two years and six months ko iyong pinaghirapan. Pinaghandaan ko talaga iyong pag-uwi ko. Mag-enjoy lang siya pero hindi man natutulog iyong Diyos,” said another.

The hotel’s CCTV video showed the salisi operative leaving with her loot. Police are now looking for the salisi operative who may be part of a syndicate preying on returning OFWs.