A car involved in the September 1 (arrest and hold-up) case along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa), Mandaluyong City in Metro Manila was recovered on Tuesday by the police in an auto repair shop in Novaliches, Quezon City.
The incident became sensational after investigators discovered that almost all of those involved were policemen assigned at the La Loma police station under the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).
QCPD Director Chief Supt. Richard Albano said his men recovered the Honda Civic sedan (ZJB 149) inside a car repair shop at No. 5 Chopin Street, Greenville Subdivision.
Supt. Procopio Lipana Sr., QCPD deputy director for operations, said they recovered the vehicle after receiving information that it was brought there for repair by a man who introduced himself as Marco Polo a day after the incident.
Arnold Reyes, caretaker of the car repair shop, told police that he was not aware that the vehicle was involved in the Edsa incident.
Verification with the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) Motor Vehicle Clearance Office (MVCO) showed that the car was registered under Golden Arches Development Corp. with business address at No. 17/F Citibank Center, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila.
It was not categorized as a “hot” car since it was not included in the nationwide list of stolen motor vehicles.
Lipana said the vehicle would be subjected to macro etching examination to determine whether the engine chassis number, as well as the alternate number, was tampered with.