SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – SIX (6) allegedly stolen rental vehicles were recovered tonight (Wednesday) at the yard of a vehicle reseller here by the combined elements of the Olongapo City Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority – Law Enforcement Department (SBMA-LED).
SBMA Administrator Wilma T. Eisma told Subic Bay News that the recovered rental vehicles include two (2) Toyota Grandia Vans, Toyota Commuter Van, two (2) Montero SUVs and a Toyota Fortuner, all found in the yard of Ichiban, a joint venture between Subic Bay Motors Corporation (SBMC), Azumaya Tohin Seisakusho of Nagoya, Japan and Apple International Co. Ltd. of Mie, Japan.
The PNP-HPG, NBI and SBMA-LED “have been working together in the last few days,” Eisma said, attributing the successful operation to their teamwork. “They are continuing to work together tonight to investigate to make sure that all parties involved will be included in the cases that will be filed tomorrow (Thursday, March 9).
At least one suspect has been identified, a certain Roldan Bernardo, who allegedly rented in Dec. 2016 the Commuter and a Grandia, but never returned the vehicles to owner Jose Galang. It is yet to be determined who, if any, from Ichiban will be charged for being in cahoots with Bernardo, who presently remains at large.
Founded in 2005, Ichiban Import-Export Corporation (Ichiban) is a joint venture between SBMC, Azumaya Tohin Seisakusho (Nagoya, Japan) and Apple International Co. Ltd. (Mie, Japan).
The incident has prompted Administrator Eisma to issue a warning against criminals attempting to operate in the Freeport: “SBMA will not tolerate any form of criminality inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Anyone caught committing any criminal offense within the Freeport will be dealt with the full extent of the law,” Eisma said.