Bishop urges help for scam victims


CEBU CITY—A retired teacher has fallen ill because of anxiety about the fate of the money she had invested in a firm that operated a “double-your-money” scheme.

The teacher is just one of what Interior  Secretary Manuel Roxas II said was  more than 10,000 victims from the Visayas and Mindanao lured by the pyramid scam ran allegedly by Pasay-based trading firm Aman Futures Group Philippines Inc.

The teacher was a parishioner who had stopped going to church since she fell into depression after  losing her retirement benefit to the trading firm, said Bishop Antonio Nercua Ablon, bishop of Pagadian City of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, in a phone interview.

Ablon said the public school teacher in Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur, put her P500,000 retirement money to the trading firm after she was lured by the promise of doubling her money in 20 to 30 days.

Many of his parishioners  invested in the firm, hoping to get high returns, he added.  “It had given people false hopes,” Ablon said.

Ablon said he told their pastors to conduct counseling sessions for the victims. “Life must go on,” he said.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the police are looking for one Manuel Amalilio, chair of Aman Futures, with address at 99 Espina Village B. Rodriguez Extension in Cebu City.

Roxas told a news conference on Friday night that he was coordinating with the local police and the NBI-7 to locate Amalilio.

Other persons allegedly involved in the scam were identified as Cebuana Lelian Lim Gan, Fernando Luna of Pagadian City, Eduard Lim, Naezelle Rodriguez, William Fuentes and Lurix Lopez.

Roxas said he was also coordinating with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for a hold-departure order to be issued against Amalilio and others involved in the scam.

He  described Amalilio as a Filipino of Malaysian descent. Roxas said there were many complainants, but at this stage, the case has not “matured” to the point of filing a case.

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  • RomyLitz


    Why are so selective to those victims of scamming only, why not include your advocacy to the victims of looting and plundering government coffers by Atong and El Dewende? Then extend your crusade to El Bigote and El Tabako! Don’t be a hypocrite Padre Damas.

    • $8278216

      Romylitz hinde mo yata alam ang iglisia Filipina Indipendiente. Ito ang relehiyon na humiwalay sa vatican at sumalungat sa mga kagustuhan ng mga damaso or Aglipay kung tawagin, c Francisco Aglipay ang nagtatag.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Mr. Bishop, when you go open your mouth to signal first few sentences of your intended  sermon of the day, rather than talking about politicians and what they do that you personally feel they should not be doing, why not teach and remind your flock to the bad effects of not using their heads which often times results in them getting conned?  Rather than involving the government in fool hardy thinking of few specially those wanting to get rich overnight, you should educate your flock on how to avoid getting taken to the cleaners.

  • Fred

    Inquirer, ano ba naman ang headline o sub-title ng news ninyo?
    Wala naman nabanggit sa article ninyo ang “Bishop urges help for scam victims”
    What was mentioned in the article was that the bishop instructed his pastors to conduct counselling.  But was there a counselling session that took place?  When? 
    Inquirer Reporter Carmel Loise Matus, paki verify please!
    Again, the headline or sub-title is misleading.

  • joboni96

    kasalanan ng gobyerno ito

    if only the government
    sells direct retail government bonds
    to our citizens

    not through intsik switik banks

    we will get higher interest for our money and
    government will lower its interest costs

    hindi na sana naghahanap ng
    ganitong scams
    ang mga pilipino

  • EREC

    Tamad lang ang ating mga tao sa pamahalaan mag isip kung paano pa unlarin ang pera ng mga ordinaryong mamayan sa pamamagitan ng pag invest sa government financial security certificates. Wala silang financila scheme para sa maliliit na may pera….meron silang financial scheme sa malalaki at dati nang mayayaman na may koneksiyon sa pamahalaan kaya ang bottom line kutsabahan at manipulasyon ng presyo.

  • EREC

    a bank will never give you a 4% commission profit for a month if the deposit money not a million. Double your money in 20 t0 30 days is crazy economics scheme…..nearly could be happen if the company involve in gun smuggling, illegal drugs trafficking, jueting, carnapping & kidnapping, piracy, illegal financial brokerage, sabotage & terrorism to earn from insurance & government, foundation or international fund. This easy money scheme applied to support a short term financial shortage in activities that in return will earn by doing illegal acts.

  • julymorning


  • bautistaro

    Gusto Kai’s yumaman ka agad. Ask Gloria’s. BISHOP

  • opinyonlangpo

    Either this teacher does not deserve her retirement money or she deserves to be in a mental institution. Double her money in 20 to 30 days . . . and she believed them. I am just wondering what kind of students she taught, maybe all of them fell victim of the scam.

  • JLFS

    Why didn’t the Bishop advised his parishioners not to invest before this happen? He would have done good than asking help now, or he is as gullible as his parishioners?

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