Toro publisher nabbed by NBI for estafa and illegal recruitment charges

Inquirer.net reports that Vilma Manzo Mabilangan, who is the publisher of the tabloid Toro, was arrested yesterday, October 6, by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents after three years of evading charges of large-scale illegal recruitment and estafa.

Inquirer.net reports that Vilma Manzo Mabilangan, who is the publisher of the tabloid Toro, was arrested yesterday, October 6, by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents after three years of evading charges of large-scale illegal recruitment and estafa.

 

According to the report, teams from the NBI National Capital Region (NCR), headed by special investigator Anna Labao, finally caught up with Mabilangan (who also goes by the aliases Vilma Manzo and Vilma Angue) as her car stopped at an intersection on Roxas Boulevard.

 

The NBI made the move after receiving copies of standing arrest warrants for illegal recruitment, large-scale illegal recruitment, and estafa issued against the suspect by at least two regional trial courts in Manila and Tanauan, Batangas. Mabilangan is accused of recruiting people for nonexistent jobs in Russia.

 

Inquirer.net quotes Labao, who revealed that Mabilangan never denied the charges against her. However, Mabilangan claimed that she wasn’t aware of the arrest warrants and that she thought her lawyers were handling her case.

 

The report further noted that Mabilangan has declined interviews and remains detained at the NBI jail pending her appearance in the courts which issued the warrants against her.

 

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