PHILIPPINE National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) agents are currently investigating over a dozen “hot vehicles” found abandoned at the parking lot of the City of Dreams resort and casino complex in Parañaque City which was believed being used as a storage facility of cars and SUVs by unscrupulous individuals including loan shark rings operating in the world-class establishment, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
PNP-HPG director Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz said the City of Dreams management wrote them regarding the presence of the questionable motor vehicles in their parking lot prompting them to investigate.
“Our suspicion is that these motor vehicles could have been pawned by their owners to casino loan shark syndicates or casino financiers or could have been acquired thru the so-called ‘Rent Tangay, Rent Sangla scheme,” the PNP-HPG director said.
As of yesterday, the official said the license plates attached to the motor vehicles as well as their Land Transportation Office Conduction Stickers were not included in their list of wanted stolen motor vehicles.
However, due to lack of keys, he admitted that they cannot check the engine and chassis numbers of the vehicles. The help of the LTO in determining the real owners of the vehicles has been sought by the PNP-HPG.
Other officials said there was also a possibility that similar type of motor vehicles were also parked unattended in other posh casino-hotels in Metro Manila. In the case of City of Dreams, investigators said that it was obvious that some unscrupulous persons are taking advantage of the free parking for casino players in the area located along ASEAN Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard Entertainment City.
On Wednesday last week, PNP-HPG investigators launched a formal investigation into the complaint of the City of Dreams management, the Journal Group learned.
One of the vehicles—a Hyundai Eon with plate no. AAY-8476 was found to be owned by one Wilfredo Sy who revealed he had sold the car to one Eugene Singson, the owner of a buy-and-sell company. Singson told PNP-HPG probers that the vehicle was sold to a Korean national who later lent it to a friend who happened to be a casino player.