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6 recovered ‘rent-a-car-scam’ vehicles turned over to NBI
Mar 12, 2017

Subic Bay Freeport - The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) formally turned over to the custody of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) six vehicles allegedly involved in a “rent/sangla car modus operandi” that were recovered inside an import-export yard here.

The turnover held Thursday (March 9) was led by SBMA Deputy Administrator for Legal Affairs Atty. Randy Escolango and NBI-Olongapo Special Investigator Norman Revita in the presence of PO3 Allan Ednave of Olongapo City Police, SPO2 Angelito Gapay of PNP Highway Patrol Group, Maj. Vicente Tolentino of SBMA Law Enforcement Department and Ichiban manager Bienvenido Perez.

The vehicles consisting of a white Toyota Fortuner (AOA 9361), white Toyota Hi-Ace (PZI 851), black Toyota HiAce (AKA 8187), silver Toyota Hi-Ace (UEO 559), black Mitsubishi Montero (conduction sticker: NI 2417) and maroon Mitsubishi Montero (CS: NE 3182) were discovered inside Ichiban building.

Ichiban Import-Export Corporation is an import and recondition facility of used trucks and construction machineries from Japan for sale to local market or for re-export to the international market, located in Argonaut Highway, Lower Mau Camp, inside the Freeport.

In a report by SBMA police, owners Roy Galang, Jerry Galang, Joseph dela Cruz and Mac Lawrence Pilamor claimed that their vehicles were rented by certain Earl Meredith and Roldan Bernaldo, in April 2016 and December 2016. However, the vehicles were never returned since until they received information that the vehicles were being kept inside Ichiban building.

At 6:50 a.m. of March 8, policemen from SBMA, Olongapo City and HPG (R3), and victim-owners Roy Galang, Jerry Galang, Charina Ticsay and Angil Dave Zafra trooped to Ichiban and found their missing vehicles, a Toyota Commuter Van (PZI 851), Toyota Grandia (AKA 8187), Toyota Grandia (UEO 559) and Toyota Fortuner (AOA 9361).

Hours later, one Leslie de Vera, appeared at SBMA Law Enforcement Department to claim two Mitsubishi Montero (NE 3182 and NI 2417) which were also found at Ichiban. (Ruben Veloria, Journal.com.ph)


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