NBI files rap v. cop, ‘asset’

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Friday, August 8, 2014

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 yesterday filed a complaint against a police official and an “asset” of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 for allegedly selling a stolen vehicle to an engineer through online store.

NBI supervising agent Rennan Oliva, a lawyer, said a carnapping complaint was filed against Mario Real Saycon and Chief Insp. Edwin Galan before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.

Saycon allegedly sold to Reynaldo Tan of Iligan City a Toyota Revo worth P230,000 through ayosdito.ph last January.


He dropped the name of Galan to Tan as his “boss” to establish connection with HPG 7, said Oliva.

Tan said Saycon had given him an envelope with the name and contact of Galan written on it.

“Saycon told me to approach Galan should I have problems with my papers,” he said in Cebuano in a phone interview.

Galan is among the HPG officials charged for their alleged involvement in the killing lawyer Noel D. Archival in Dalaguete town last February.

“It is not news anymore that carnapped vehicles in Manila and Quezon end up in Cebu City, which are being offered for sale to the unwitting public,” read NBI 7’s transmittal letter to the city prosecutor.

“Carnapping syndicates in cahoots with unscrupulous government employees operate this kind of modus operandi,” the NBI 7 said.

Galan’s lawyer, Inocencio de la Cerna Jr., said they will answer the complaint.

“(Galan) has nothing to do with the transaction,” De la Cerna told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview.

“I hope the NBI can have an airtight case against my client. In including my client in the carnapping complaint, I hope the NBI does not have any other ulterior motive,” he said.

NBI 7 Director Max Salvador, in a phone interview, said they are not the complainant against Galan and Saycon. They conducted an inquiry after Tan asked for help.

“We do not investigate if there is no complainant,” he said.

“The ulterior motive he (De la Cerna) is saying is all in his mind,” Salvador said.

Tan said he only learned that the Toyota Revo was stolen in Quezon City in 2002, after he applied for change of ownership at the HPG office in Iligan City last June.

The vehicle is impounded at the HPG office in Iligan City, he said.

In an earlier report, 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 out Saycon and report the matter to the HPG headquarters in Manila.

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

After he found the vehicle he liked, which Saycon was allegedly selling, he called Saycon. He said the deal was closed after Saycon introduced himself as an HPG 7 confidential agent.

They met 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.

Tan got 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.

He said he wanted to get justice and take back his son’s savings that he paid to Saycon.

He also expressed fear for his life because of his pursuance to file complaints against Saycon and Galan.

“I asked Atty. Oliva if I can be admitted in the government’s witness protection program,” said Tan in Cebuano.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 09, 2014.

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