Alleged carnapper files case vs NBI

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The alleged trader of carnapped vehicles, who is also allegedly a gun-runner, faced the media with his lawyer Friday morning, May 13, exactly 10 days after the raid on his residences and deny allegations against him by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI).

Lynard Allan Sariling Bigcas, with his lawyer Alejandro Jose C. Pallugna, told journalists that he acquired those vehicles “as an innocent purchaser in good faith and for value.”

Bigcas said that he had been in possession of these vehicles “without any legal impediment and fully clothed with the proper documentation,” thus he is “entitled to the continued possession and enjoyment of said properties.”

One of the vehicles he claimed to have purchased “in good faith and value” was the Martin Brothers chopper motorcycle owned by Hollywood writer Skip Woods, whose credits included “X-Men Origins: Wolverine, “Die Hard 5,” and “A-Team.”

The big bike is worth around US$80,000 or more than P3 million. Bigcas, through his lawyer Pallugna, also disclosed that he had filed on Wednesday, May 11, a Writ of Replevin against the NBI before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) here.

Bigcas asked to court to “take possession of the personal property” of Bigcas “from respondent and deliver and convey said possession thereof to petitioner, the rightful owner of said motor vehicles and judgment finally issue confirming and affirming the ownership of said motor vehicles by petitioner.

He was referring to the vehicles “recovered” by the NBI and FBI during the raid in his residences in Santiago Street in Barangay 2, Talakag, Bukidnon and at St. Lukes Street, Pasil, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City last May 3.

They following are the “recovered” vehicles : Kawasaki Ninja (black) with plate number MC9451KH; Chopper (brown) motorcycle; Suzuki RGSX 1000 motorcycle; Harley Bid Dog (black) motorcycle; Honda (yellow/red) motorcycle; Suzuki GSXR with plate number MC 2064JC motorcycle; Suzuki GSXR 1300 (navy blue) motorcycle; Honda CBR 600 (red) motorcycle; Kawasaki (blue) motorcycle; Honda (red) motorcycle with plate number MC 9107KH; Honda Stunt Bike (green) motorcycle; Yamaha (black) motorcycle with plate number MC 9116KA; Kawasaki KMX (blue/white) motorcycle; and Toyota Sequoia with plate number KFT 537.

The other vehicles he wanted the NBI to return to him through a court order are: 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with plate number KFA635; Chevrolet Tahoe  with plate number KFT537; Yamaha YZF 450 with VIN JYACJ10C77A015220; Yamaha YZF 285 with VIN JYACG25COGAO12137; Honda CRF 150F with VIN 9C2KE01065R002275; Honda CRF 150F with VIN 9C2KE01095R000780; Corvette car with VIN 1G1YY3ZG8X5126314; Suzuki GSX 1000 motorcycle; 1 Red RZR Ranger vehicle and 2 All-Terrain Vehicle 2×4 (black).

The vehicles were seized during the raid by virtue of a search warrant issued on Judge Jose Escobido, RTC executive judge of Cagayan de Oro.

He also asked to court to compel the NBI to return to him his guns, which were also confiscated during the raids in his two residences by virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Jose U. Yamut Sr. of RTC Branch 11 of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon for illegal possession of firearms on April 28. The confiscated guns are: 12 gauge M&F Zabala HNOS SRC-EIBAR shotgun made in Spain, 130 rounds live 12-gauge ammunition, 91 rounds live M-16 ammunition, four pieces M-16 magazine, 129 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition, and 290 rounds of 9 mm.

“The total combined value of all these personal property is P4 million,” Bigcas said in his petition.

Bigcas also petitioned the court to order the NBI “to pay petitioner…P300,000 as attorney’s fees [and] P200,000 as costs of suit” plus other “just and equitable reliefs.”

Bigcas said in his petition that the impounding and confiscation of the motor vehicles and firearm by the NBI and FBI “are not only highly illegal and abusive but also baseless and unjust as said personal properties are all duly registered and licensed.” Albus D. Estabas

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