NBI to probe ‘HPG 7 agent’ selling stolen car

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 is investigating a supposed confidential agent of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 for allegedly selling a stolen vehicle through an online store.

Supervising agent Rennan Oliva said Reynaldo Tan of Iligan City accused a certain Mario Real Saycon of selling a Toyota Revo worth P230,000 through ayosdito.ph last January.

Tan, in a phone interview, said he only learned that the vehicle was stolen in Quezon City in 2002, after he applied for change of ownership at the HPG office in Iligan City last month.

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Worse, he said, the money he paid to Saycon was his son’s savings.

Tan obtained a photocopy of Saycon’s identification card, which bears the signature of Senior Insp. Simplicio Torredes and shows the expiry date on Dec. 31, 2008.

“Pilde gyud ko ani (I’m the loser here),” said Tan, a mechanical engineer who works on a contractual basis.

In a separate interview, Insp. Saturnino Fernandez Sedigo, Jr. said the HPG does not hire confidential agents and they are not allowed to sell vehicles.

He said they will also check the identity of Saycon and report the matter to HPG headquarters in Manila.

Furthermore, he said Tan can come to their office and file a complaint before they can start their own investigation.

“We can entrap the person so we will know the truth,” said Sedigo in Tagalog.

Last January, Tan said he was interested to buy a Revo, so he searched for a cheap one at the ayosdito.ph.

He found the vehicle he liked, which Saycon was selling, so he contacted the latter by phone. He said the deal was closed after Saycon introduced himself as a confidential agent.

“Salig kaayo ko niya kay naa siya sa gobiyerno (I believe in him because he works for the government),” said Tan.

Both met personally in Cebu City last January. Tan said he only used the vehicle in Cebu and Iligan City for four months.

He said he did not bother to check if Saycon was a legitimate agent because he trusted him.

The Toyota Revo is now impounded at the HPG office in Iligan City, he said.

Stealing a vehicle is a violation under Republic Act (RA) 6539, or the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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