September 11, 2012
A notorious illegal recruiter, Tita Cacayan, who had victimized several overseas Filipino workers (OFW) one of who was a drug courier executed in China, was re-arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Isabela last Saturday.
The case of Cacayan caught much attention in the wake of the NBI's relentless drive against drug mules particularly the West African Drug Syndicate (WADS). The execution of Sally Ordinario Villanueva by Chinese authorities underscores the illegal drug trade which has escalated globally. Cacayan was principally responsible for the travel of Ordinario to China.
The NBI investigated accused TITA CACAYAN last year for the recruitment and deployment of Sally Ordinario Villanueva. Cacayan allegedly provided the travelling bag containing illegal drugs to Ordinario-Villanueva who was intercepted and arrested upon arrival in China. She was executed in March 2011 for drug trafficking.
Earlier, last year the Justice Department (DOJ) resolved the complaints filed by the Bureau against Cacayan and filed cases of violations of Section 5 of RA 9165 and Section 6 of RA 8042 (Illegal Recruitment in Large Scale) before the RTC of Manila and Isabela respectively.
The RTC Manila dismissed provisionally the charges against Cacayan because of the non-appearance of the complaining witnesses. Cacayan was released as the warrant for her arrest in regards to violation of RA 8042 has not been issued at the time.
On September 8, 2012, NBI operatives served the warrant of arrest against TITA CACAYAN y NERA issued by the RTC, Branch 20 of Cauayan City, Isabela.
Cacayan was brought to the NBI main office in Manila where she is presently detained.