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𝐀𝐠𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐮𝐝 𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐯 𝐀𝐥𝐩𝐡𝐚 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐳𝐚

The Consulate General of the Philippines has filed complaints of aggravated fraud have been filed against Diane Kristine Respicio and John Dutaro, Chief Executive Officers of the immigration consultancy firm Alpha Assistenza SRL before the Office of the Public Prosecutor of Milan. 

𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑢𝑙 𝐺𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝐸𝑙𝑚𝑒𝑟 𝐺. 𝐶𝑎𝑡𝑜

The first 11 complaints were filed by Atty. Bruno De Blasi, the Italian lawyer hired by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to represent the 100 Filipino complainants based in Italy in the class suit against Respicio, Dutaro, and others allegedly involved in defrauding 269 Filipinos in the Philippines seeking work in Italy under the decreto flussi program. 

Attorney De Blasi will be filing additional complaints in the coming days before the Office of the Public Prosecutor, which is expected to review the complaints and decide whether to bring the case to trial. 

The filing of the complaints comes less than two weeks after the Consulate tapped Attorney De Blasi as legal representative of the 100 Filipinos who wanted to take  Respicio, Dutaro, and others to court for allegedly failing to deliver the promised jobs for their relatives that they paid as much as €3,000.00 each for.  

The hiring of a lawyer to represent complainants was among the recommendations made by the Consulate when it started an investigation on the alleged fraudulent transactions involving Alpha Assistenza. 

The recommendation, which was made by Consul General Elmer Cato, was approved by Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo upon endorsement by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Jose Eduardo De Vega.

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