JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to create a task force to probe the alleged car rental scheme called "rent tangay."

On Friday, Aguirre issued a memorandum ordering the NBI to investigate the syndicate that lures car owners to lend their vehicles with a promise of a huge rental income.

This was after victims of the alleged syndicate sought the help of the DOJ to arrest the suspects behind the scheme.

The DOJ has also directed the Bureau of Immigration to place on its lookout list one of the suspects in the case, Tychicus Nambio.

Nambio is now facing estafa cases in a court in Biñan, Laguna.

In a press conference at the NBI, Aguirre said the move of the DOJ is in response to the request made by the City Prosecutor in Biñan.

"The ILBO (Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order) was made upon the request of the City Prosecutor of Biñan City because there is information that Mr. Nambio might fly out of the country anytime carrying with him a large sum of money purportedly the fruits of the scam," Aguirre said.

Nambio reportedly sold the vehicles he have rented from car owners.

According to lawyer Ariel Inton, representative of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection, more than 1,000 car owners have already been victimized by the scheme. (SunStar Philippines)