MANILA - Two key personalities implicated in the so-called "rent-tangay" car rental scam filed counter-affidavits with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday in connection with consolidated complaints for large-scale estafa.
Tychicus Nambio appeared in the preliminary investigation hearing and filed counter-affidavits for 5 out of the 18 complaints in the first batch of cases filed on behalf of complainants by the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group.
Rafaela Anunciacion filed additional counter-affidavits for the remaining 11 of the 18 complaints; she had filed counter-affidavits for 7 complaints in the previous hearing.
Assistant State Prosecutor (ASP) Aristotle Reyes, a member of the panel of prosecutors handling the cases, said respondents will have to prepare more counter-affidavits since twenty-two cases were filed anew.
Aside from Nambio and Anunciacion, the complaints named the following respondents: Marilou V. Cruz, Bienvenido Cruz, Roberto Cruz, Jeffrey Reyes, Edgardo S. Ramos, Alfredo Ronuillo, Ravenal Quizon, Eleanor Constantino Rosales, and Lorena Adriano.
The complaints alleged that respondents recruited car owners, with interested car owners offered a P25,000 monthly rental for sedan, P35,000 monthly rental for AUVs, and P45,000 monthly rental for SUVs. After the conclusion of the agreement, the vehicles will be taken.
The complaints further alleged that unknown to the car owners, their vehicles were brought to different cities and municipalities, and loaned/pawned to individuals who also did not know of the scam. The loans ranged from P200,000 for sedan; P300,000 for AUVs and P400,000 for SUVs with a promise of a 5% monthly rebate or return of investment.
Apart from Reyes, the members of the DOJ panel of prosecutors handling the preliminary investigation of the complaints are Senior Assistant State Prosecutor (SASP) Rosanne Balauag, chairperson; SASP Rex Gingoyon; 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; and APA I Marc Tariga.
The next hearing on the estafa cases is set on April 17, at 10am.
The DOJ has yet to schedule a hearing on 46 complaints for syndicated estafa and carnapping against respondents endorsed by the National Bureau of Investigation.