Detained ‘Tangay-Benta’ syndicate member in trouble anew

Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar

A 30-year-old woman arrested for her involvement with a syndicate engaged in the so-called ‘Tangay-Benta’ scheme which has victimized scores of unsuspecting persons in the country found herself in trouble anew after a record check showed she is the subject of a warrant of arrest for carnapping, National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said yesterday.

Suspect Luisel Marie Estaris, a resident of Villa Poleng in Malabanas, Angeles City, Pampanga was served the warrant of arrest with no bail recommended by Judge Elizabeth Perdal of the Urdaneta City Regional Trial Court Branch 47 in Pangasinan by NCRPO Regional Special Operations Unit agents under Lt. Col. Rogarth Campo, the official said.

The service of the warrant of arrest for violation of Republic Act 10883 or the New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016 issued by the Pangasinan court  last March 19 was made at the NCRPO-RSOU detention facility shortly after officers discovered that the female suspect is the subject of a standing warrant of arrest.

According to Eleazar, the case stemmed from the complaint of former overseas Filipino worker Gary Villaflor, a resident of Urdaneta City last May. He said that their investigation showed that on the said month, Villaflor posted on the syndicate’s ‘Assume Balance, Pasalo Cars Philippines’ and ‘Assume Balance, Pasalo Cars Pilipinas’ that his vehicle was for rent.

Eleazar said that Villaflor and the accused had an online transaction and later met in a shopping mall in Clark, Pampanga where Estaris paid the agreed rental payment.

However, she failed to return the victim’s vehicle on their agreed date. Alarmed, Villaflor reported the incident to the local Highway Patrol Group which exerted all effort to locate the suspect and the missing vehicle. After their effort proved futile, the complainant filed a criminal case against Estaris.