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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Department of Justice (DoJ) has cleared executives of Samsung Electronic Philippines Corp. (SEPCO) and SD Human Tech from criminal charges that stemmed from a complaint that they allegedly pirated some 700 personnel of a Filipino manpower agency.

Assistant State Prosecutor Natilaine T. Salvilla, in a 51-page resolution, absolved SEPCO executives and SD Human Tech officers from syndicated and large scale illegal recruitment, estafa and theft charges filed against them by Vivian Anastacio-Guerrero of Temps and Staffers Inc. (TSI), a Filipino manpower agency that had provided promoters and office-based personnel to SEPCO.

SEPCO, a subsidiary of the giant multinational company Samsung Electronics Company Ltd., is engaged in the marketing and distribution of consumer electronic products televisions, home appliances, air conditioning system, mobile phones, and information technology products.

Cleared of criminal charges were Kyung Chull Park, president and CEO of Samsung Philippines, and the firm’s chief finance officer Boem Hee Lee, as well as Hae Kyong Kim, an executive of SD Human Tech.
The DoJ also ordered the dismissal of the complaint charges against SEPCO executives Glenn Glinoga, Gabriel Matriano, Mary Anne Felipe, Benjamin Jimenez, Sherilyn Tan, Louie Liston, Angela Salvallon, Gerard Duremdes, Ricky de Guzman, Noel Dajao, Elaine Matito, Jerick Paloma, and Maybelle Doloran.

The DoJ prosecutors ruled that executives of SEPCO and SD Human Tech cannot be held liable for syndicated and large scale illegal recruitment under Article 34 of the Labor Code because the complainant failed to establish any of the officers or employees of SEPCO “personally induced or attempted to induce any one of the employees of TSI to quit their employment.”

Source: Manila Bulletin


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