MANILA – The alleged mastermind in the so-called “rent-tangay” scam has been arrested in Laguna.
Rafaela Anunciacion was arrested at her house in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Thursday evening by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by San Pedro Regional Trial Court Branch 93.
The complainants alleged that they were deceived with fraudulent promises of rental income only to find out later that their vehicles were either mortgaged or sold to different persons without the knowledge and consent of the victims.
“Sa totoo lang, gusto ko siyang suntukin, sampalin. Hindi sapat yung pagkulong sa kanya. [Yung] Worst ang gusto kong mangyari sa kanya,” said Sharon, one of the victims of the scam who was present when Anunciacion was arrested.
“Blacklisted na kami sa bangko. Marami pong naiiyak na dahil sa nadaanan naming trahedya na 'to. For lifetime na sana siyang makulong.”
Anunciacion and the following persons were earlier charged for violations of Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code (swindling/estafa in large-scale form) in relation to Presidential Decree 1689 (Increasing the penalty of certain forms of swindling/estafa):
- Eleanor "Leah" Constantino Rosales, of Santa Rosa City, Laguna;
- Tychicus Historillo Nambio, of Biñan, Laguna;
- Jhennelyn Berroya, of San Pedro City, Laguna;
- Anastacia Montes Cauyan, of Biñan, Laguna;
- Eliseo Cortez, of Kabangaan, Tagaytay City;
- Marilou V. Cruz, of San Ildefonso, Bulacan; and
- Sabina Torrea, of Silang, Cavite.
10-MAN PROSECUTION PANEL
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has designated ten state prosecutors and prosecution attorneys to handle the preliminary investigation into several complaints against the suspects behind the rental scam.
According to the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP HPG), which made most of the case referrals, the scam victimized hundreds of complainants from all over the country whereby victims were deceived with fraudulent promises of rental income only to later find out that their vehicles were either mortgaged or sold to different persons without the knowledge and consent of the victims.
The DOJ assigned the following for the preliminary investigation of the complaints for large-scale estafa:
-Senior Assistant State Prosecutor (SASP) Rosanne Balauag, chairperson;
- SASP Rex Gingoyon;
- Assistant State Prosecutor (ASP) Aristotle Reyes;
- ASP Rodan Parrocha;
- ASP Bryan Cacha, Jr.;
- ASP Anna Devanadera;
- ASP Jovyanne Escaño-Santamaria;
- Associate Prosecution Attorney (APA) II Wendell Bendovall
- APA II Joan Garcia;
- APA I Marc Tariga.
Respondents were issued immigration lookout bulletin orders by the DOJ after the Lawyers for Commuters' Safety and Protection (LCSP) sought the same, stressing that respondents have the capability to flee the country and evade prosecution.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has also ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a deeper investigation into the scam. – reports from Dominic Almelor and Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News