The PNP Highway Patrol Group or HPG has told victims of the rent-sangla scheme to file charges against perpetrators of said modus operandi.
This is because the agency is having difficulty recovering the remaining 800 missing cars.
HPG spokesperson PSInsp. Jem Delantes said the GPS of some of the missing cars have been removed to make them untraceable, some were already chopped-off, and many were brought to Mindanao.
“There are instances where complainants claim that the GPS of their vehicles have been removed and installed into a jeepney. When they tracked the GPS, it was installed in a jeepney. So we have difficulty now locating the cars”, the spokesman said.
Delantes also noted that it would be difficult for them to just go to Mindanao to recover the cars due to security issues in the area.
He says it would be easier to recover the vehicles if charges are filed against the suspects.
“We are advising them, especially those with cars we can’t locate, to file cases against those who deceived them so we can easily recover their vehicles” said PSInsp. Delantes said.
Delantes further added that they are conducting an investigation on the possible banks that colluded with the suspects due to the fast approval of car loans.
“Why they immediately approved a loan to these suspects? So we are looking at the angle that these banks might be in collusion with them”, he said.
The HPG estimates that 1,800 vehicles are stolen in the said scheme. 800 were already recovered, while 282 of the said number have already been returned to their rightful owners from Region 4A and Task Force Limbas.
The NBI was able to recover 206 vehicles. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News and Rescue
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