Cops to impound CJ vehicle for plate-switching

Posted at 05/25/12 7:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Police will impound the vehicle that carried Chief Justice Renato Corona to the Senate impeachment court last Tuesday because of suspected plate-switching, police said Friday.

Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group told radio dzMM that Nutripharm Inc. President Bonifacio Gomez on Wednesday filed a complaint with Cebu police against Corona for illegal transfer of plate.

Gomez, in his complaint, said Corona's vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, bore plate number ZEE-868 that was originally for their vehicles, a Mitsubishi L300 delivery van.

He said he saw the plate number on Corona's vehicle on May 22 as shown by the Senate CCTV and television footage.

"I was suprised to see the plate number of one of our company cars... attached to his vehicle," Gomez said.

Espina said Gomez carried with him a certificate of registration and an official receipt from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to prove his claim.

"Vinerify ho namin sa LTO," Espina said. "Legitimate po itong lahat na pinakita niyang papers. Tugma ho per LTO records para sa L300 FB van ho."

Espina said police will impound the Chevrolet Suburban that the Chief Justice uses for futher investigation in connection with suspected violation of Batas Pambansa 43 or the illegal transfer of plate.

Atty. Tranquil Salvador, a spokesman for  Corona, told ANC that the Suburban is only a rented vehicle.

He did not say from whom Corona rented the car.