2 'rent-tangay' suspects no-show at DOJ hearing
Posted: 2017-Mar-21 14.00.02 UTC+0800
MANILA — The two alleged masterminds behind the so-called "rent-tangay" scam which has victimized car owners from different parts of the country failed to appear at the first preliminary investigation on the complaints against the scheme.
Rafaela Anunciacion failed to appear before the Department of Justice (DOJ) hearing on the complaint filed by Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group 4-A several sets of victims of the scam from Bulacan, Laguna, Angeles City, Batangas and Nueva Ecija filed the charges of syndicated estafa under Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code and Presidential Decree 1689.
Anunciacion, who was arrested last March 2 by members of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 4-A's Special Operations Team on the strength of a warrant for estafa issued by Judge Francisco Pano of the San Pedro, Laguna Regional Trial Court Branch 93.
Aside from Anunciacion, the other respondent Tychicus Historillo Nambio was also a no-show during Monday's hearing.
Nambio, who also in police custody in Laguna for estafa.
Some respondents were present and received the complaint during the hearing preside by the 10-member panel of prosecutors headed by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rosanne Balauag.
The other members of the panel are Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rex Gingoyon, Assistant State Prosecutors Aristotle Reyes, Rodan Parrocha, Bryan Jacinto Cacha Jr., Anna Noreen Devanadera and Jovyanne Escaño-Santamari, and Assistant Prosecution Attorneys Wendell Bendoval, Joan Garcia and Marc Eico Tariga.
To accommodate all complainants and respondents, Balauag said the hearings on the cases will be conducted on a batch-by-batch manner.
She also said that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is also set to file charges against these perpetrators behind the 'rent-tangay' modus operandi and it will be consolidated the complaint together with PNP.
The DOJ set the next hearing on March 27 and March 31 at 10 a.m.
Under the "rent-tangay" scheme, authorities said the suspects would convince car owners to become business associates in a rent-a-car service and have their cars rented for a hefty profit.
At first, the car owners will get paid but, unknowingly, in the end their vehicles will be pawned to other people and the suspects will disappear, making the victims unable to get their rented vehicles back.
Last March 15, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II led the turnover of the six cars recovered from the 'rent-tangay' scheme to its rightful owners. (PNA)