A CEBU resident wanted for his purported involvement in the so-called “Rent Tangay, Rent Sangla” activities that have victimized hundreds of people in the country was arrested on Tuesday by agents of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), the Journal Group learned.
Ravie dela Calzada, a resident of Puritan Village in Pakigne, Minglanilla, Cebu, was placed under arrest by members of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 7 (RHPU 7) on the strength of a warrant for two counts of grave coercion and swindling/estafa, said PNP-HPG Director Brigadier General Rommel Francisco D. Marbil.
According to the official, officers from the RHPU under Lt. Col. Joel Manuel A. Ana apprehended the suspect, who has a pending case for violation of Republic Act 10883 or the New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016, before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office in front of the KKD Steak and Barbeque located along MJ Cuenco Avenue in Cebu City 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Tagged as a member of the “Ectuban Rent-Tangay/Sangla Group”, the suspect has been the subject of a manhunt operation by the RHPU since July last year after two Cebu courts ordered her arrest.
A record check showed that Judge Maryther Heyrosa-Budom of the Lapu-Lapu City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 3 issued a warrant of arrest against the accused of swindling/estafa on July 16, 2021, with a P36,000 recommended bail.
Judge Dina Jane Gaeta Portugal of the Lapu-Lapu RTC ordered the suspect’s arrest for two counts of grave coercion and recommended a P36,000 bail for each case.
“The accused is a known active member of the ‘Ectuban Rent-Tangay/Sangla Group’ that has victimized dozens of vehicle owners in Central Visayas over the years,” said Lt. Col. Ana.
The suspect was tracked down and arrested by RHPU 7 personnel led by Maj. Silvestre Cenia Jr., members of the Police Regional Office 7 (PRO7) led by Capt. Joffre Grande and a team from the Cebu 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company led by SSg. Samuel Alvarez.
Brig. Gen. Marbil said he had ordered his 17 RHPUs and other special operating units to press their campaign against leaders and members of the infamous “Rent-Sangla, Rent-Tangay” scheme, which has duped thousands of Filipinos since 2013.
Glib-tongued members of the syndicate are known for convincing their targets to join their rent-a-car company with a promise they would be able to pay their monthly amortization while earning additional income.
As soon as the victims hand their SUVs and sedans to the syndicate, they would eventually discover that their vehicles have been mortgaged or sold to different persons without their knowledge and through fraudulent registration papers and identification cards.
Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code has increased the penalty for swindling/estafa in large-scale form. The PNP-HPG had previously said in 2017 that over 1,800 vehicle owners have fallen prey to the scam in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog, and Central Luzon.