DOJ forms 10-man panel in 'rent-tangay' scam

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2017 09:07 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has designated 10 state prosecutors and prosecution attorneys to handle the preliminary investigation into several complaints against suspects behind the so-called "rent-tangay" car 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. 

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) are: 

- Rafaela Montes Anunciacion of San Pedro City, Laguna; 
- 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.

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.