AWOL cop in ‘rent-tangay’ scheme nabbed

September 16, 2019
Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar
NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar (right) together with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Dante Jimenez (left) present to media the three Chinese fugitives during a press conference in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.

OPERATIVES of the Quezon City Police District arrested an AWOL (absence without official leave) policeman and three of his alleged cohorts who were involved in a “rent-tangay” scheme.

Newly designated QCPD director Colonel Ronnie Montejo identified the policeman as Patrolman John Rey Bautista, 37, of Malabon City. The suspect was a former member of the Southern Police District before he was transferred to the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU) in Camp Bagong Diwa on June 18, 2015.

His cohorts were identified as Albert Hipolito, 46, of Bgy. Tandang Sora, QC; Christopher Orosco, 39, of Caloocan City; and Roderick Sarang, 43, of Bgy. Santol, QC.  

A report from the Masambong Police Station (PS 2) showed Joanna Mae Turingan, 30, of Bacoor, Cavite went to Thriving Rent a Car in Brgy. Puting Kahoy, Silang Cavite to rent two vehicles on Sept. 12.

Owner Tommy Ruperto, 54, a retired U.S. Army agreed to lend his cars for three days. However, Turingan failed to return the vehicles — a Mitsubishi Montero and Mitsubishi Mirage.

Ruperto started to worry after he noticed that the Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device of the vehicles were not functioning.

Two hours later, the Montero vehicle was spotted on Visayas Avenue. Police Station 2 operatives were dispatched and spotted the vehicle parked at   the corner of Tomas Morato and Scout Gandia. The cops approached and accosted the occupants who turned out to be Bautista, Hipolito and Orosco.