Nearly 200 of the 300 vehicles,which were illegally sold as part of the "rent tangay" or car rentalscam, have been returned to their rightful owners.
The Department of Justice (DOJ)said 183 vehicles recovered by the National Bureau of Investigation have beenreleased, six of which were turned over in brief ceremonies led by Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday afternoon at the DOJ compound in Manila.
One hundred seventeen vehiclesremain under NBI custody.
“Today we restore the vehicles to their rightful owners. However, we do not stop there," Aguirre said.
"We want to ensure that weset a good example in bringing justice to all the victims in this case by effectively prosecuting the perpetrators and putting them away so that they will do no more harm," he added.
Aguirre said the NBI would soon file complaints for large scale estafa against the perpetrators of the scam.
Suspects Rafaela Anunciacion,Eleanor "Leah" Constantino Rosales, Tychicus Historillo Nambio,Jhennelyn Berroya, Anastacia Montes Cauyan, Eliseo Cortez, Marilou Cruz and Sabina Torrea are already facing large scale estafa complaints filed by the police.
The preliminary investigation on these complaints will begin on March 20.
The syndicate allegedly carried out the scheme by giving "fraudulent promises" of rental income only to find out later that their vehicles were either mortgaged or sold to different people without their knowledge and consent.
"We assure the public that we will continue to fight this modus and prosecute the offenders, and deter similar attempts. We ask the cooperation of the public to report similar incidents to the NBI or the police," Aguirre said. —GMA News