Cop tagged in 2008 Parañaque shootout nabbed on charges of stealing vehicles



Philippine National Police Deputy Director General Alan Purisima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — A former member of the anti-carjacking unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP), who was tagged in the bloody 2008 shoot-out in Parañaque City, has been arrested for allegedly stealing vehicles from car rental companies and pawning them to casino financiers, the PNP said on Monday.

In a news briefing at Camp Crame, PNP Director General Alan Purisima lauded the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) operatives for arresting one of its former colleagues, Chief Inspector Michael Saturnino, who had been AWOL (absent without leave) since in 2012.

Chief Superintendent Arrazad Subong, HPG director, said Saturnino, 37, was arrested on April 10 with his girlfriend Mary Grace Balingit in an entrapment operation at the parking lot of the Casino Filipino in Barangay San Isidro, Parañaque.

“They are known to be the ‘king and queen’ of the ‘rent-tangay’ modus victimizing operators of rent-a-car business,” Subong told reporters.

He said the pair tried to sell a Toyota Innova (UOY 215), which was forcibly taken from its owner Amalia Estrada in Mexico, Pampanga, on April 4, to a casino financier when they were arrested.

“The arrest was an offshoot of a two-day operation. Our operatives sensed that the Toyota Innova could be stolen because it was sporting a license plate which was issued to another vehicle,” Subong said.

He said Balingit, who also used the aliases Marivic Orollo Castillo, Amalia Esola Estrada, Pia Balingit and Emma Rose Camia, had an arrest warrant in Cebu City for an estafa case.

He said the pair had victimized a number of car rental firms in Metro Manila, Bacolod City and the provinces of Bohol, Iloilo and Cebu.

“Their modus was to pose as legitimate customers who will rent vehicles from unsuspecting car rental companies. Upon getting the vehicles, they will immediately sell or pawn them to casino financiers using fake car registration papers,” Subong said.

During a follow-up operation, he said two casino financiers in Resorts World Casino surrendered 11 vehicles pawned to them by Saturnino and Balingit for P3 million.

Saturnino was one of 24 policemen ordered charged for the deaths of six civilians during a firefight between policemen, elements of the Naval Intelligence and Security Forces, and alleged robbers at United Parañaque Subdivision 4 in Barangay Marcelo Green on the night of Dec. 5, 2008.

Among the 16 fatalities in the shootout were seaman Alfonso de Vera and his 7-year-old daughter Lia Allana, who were caught in a crossfire, the police claimed.

But several witnesses maintained that the father and daughter, who were then aboard their Isuzu Crosswind, were killed by policeman who apparently mistook their vehicle for one of the getaway cars of robbery suspects.

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  • ranjoranido

    patayin na yan.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    PNP S.O.P.:

    01. The girlfriend Mary Grace Balingit will be gang-raped.

    02. The cop involved in 2008 shootout will be out soon, awaiting his protector.

    Paging Panfilo Lacson . . .

  • Noel

    Ang lakas ng loob. Tignan natin kung talagang makukulong.

  • Berteni Cataluña Causing

    This cop, Chief Inspector Michael Saturnino, was one of the companions of Lt. Col. Marantan in the brutal “shootout” in Parañaque that killed a seaman and his daughter.

    Let the bad cops fall, even one by one.

    Marantan has survived each “rubout” accusation, including the one in Ortigas Avenue that was caught by the camera of UNTV where he was seen shooting young kids inside a car.

    But Marantan is now problematic over the Atimonan Massacre of 13 persons.

  • Pio Gante

    utot niyo! kung talagang seryoso kayo sa kampanya niyo sa anti-carnapping , di na kayo dapat lumayo pa dahil napakaraming carnapped vehicles ang gamit ng mga taga hpg.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Ibigay uli yan sa MPD para makatipid naman ang bayan!

  • johnlordphilip

    When can this country have a CLEAN POLICE FORCE that really protects the people?

    • mucho_cheapo

      Not in our lifetime. Perhaps never.

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  • $26606290

    Kayo kayo lang naman yan. Kung gugustuhin linisin ang PNP, pwede naman.
    Hirap kasi yung mag nagpapatakbo na mga heneral, with 30+ years of service, have been part of it since the start of their careers. Hear, see, speak no evil. If they don’t do evil at all.
    May whistleblower na ba galing sa PNP? Ilan? Nagtatakipan lahat at abala sa kanilang mga negosyo.

  • doublecross

    sabi ko na nga ba, may tagong kababalaghan ang buhay ni marantan…..sige ubusin na yan.

  • JMbilisyos

    ano ba tong mukha ni purisima. mukhang buwaya!!!!lol
    jike lang po! hahahaa
    sana ang ugali d tulad ng buwaya!

  • Commentator

    “Saturnino was one of 24 policemen ordered charged for the deaths of six civilians during a firefight”

    charged pero nakakagala at nakakagawa ng kagagohan?

    wow PNP. ang galing niyo mga inutils.

  • del

    asan yung 23 baka mas malala pa ang ginagawang kalokohan ng mga yan, gen purisima kelan mo kya malilinis ang katulisan este kapulisan?

  • indiosbravos2002

    PNP is similar to BOC. Corrupt, rotten to the core and undeniably needs a refresh/reboot.


    Another cop gun rogue and to think he is a police Major. You dirty rat … Shame on you!

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  • koomug

    Madami tayo nadidinig na ganitong balita kesyo kinasuhan, inaresto etc.
    Gusto naman namin madinig yung mga balitang nasentensyahan ng bitay o
    lilibing ng buhay o papakain sa kapwa buwaya. Sa takbo ng hustisya sa
    Pilipinas, baka mga apo na natin ang makarinig ng ganyang balita if
    ever. Nasa HUSTISYA ang susi sa lahat ng reforma na kailangan ng bayan.

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