Another Zamboanga police exec sacked

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Another senior official of the Philippine National Police has been sacked in connection with the investment scam that victimized thousands of people in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles, Zamboanga Peninsula police director, on Thursday ordered the relief of Senior Supt. William Manzan, Zamboanga del Sur police chief, for his supposed failure to comply with Estilles’ order to warn residents of the province about the operations of Aman Futures Group Phils. Inc.

He designated Senior Supt. Romeo Uy as Manzan’s temporary replacement.

Estilles on Tuesday issued relief orders for nine other policemen, including the Pagadian City police chief, Senior Supt. Kenneth Mission.

“They were relieved for neglect of duty. We have been telling them so many times to investigate the group and to discourage residents from investing,” Estilles told reporters over the phone.

“Some policemen apparently earned big when (Aman Futures) was just starting. That prompted the others to also invest their money to the company,” he said.

The police official said some PNP members even applied for loans from private lending firms “hoping that they would also earn from (Aman Futures) like others did.”

Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesperson, said the PNP was also checking if police funds were used by its personnel who also supposedly fell victim to the scam.

Cerbo said at least 53 PNP members, most of them assigned in Zamboanga del Sur police office, had put in their money in Aman Futures.

Isafp assets

Those who secured Fernando “Nonoy” Luna, a former janitor and driver who managed Aman Futures, and his wife brought them to Dapitan City on Sept. 26 “were assets of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Isafp),” Zamboanga del Sur board member Ernesto Mondarte told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Saying he got the information from affidavits that witnesses submitted to the NBI, Mondarte said Luna’s brother, Robert, was “connected” with the Isafp.

Robert Luna is a personal security detail and driver of former congressman and convicted rapist Romeo Jalosjos, Mondarte said.

Mondarte said SPO2 Rey Chang, among the police personnel recently ordered relieved, delivered cash with a certain Bugang to the Lunas in Dakak Beach Resort. The resort in Dapitan City is owned by Jalosjos.

Acting Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

(ARMM) has ordered a probe of reports that some local government units (LGUs) in Lanao del Sur had invested their internal revenue allotments (IRAs) in Aman Futures.

Hataman said the DILG in the ARMM would look into the matter.

Text messages have been circulating, alleging that some elected officials, not only in Lanao del Sur but also in Zamboanga del Sur, used their IRAs as investments in Aman Futures.

Financial documents

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas on Thursday asked treasurers of LGUs in Lanao del Sur and Zamboanga del Sur to make available the financial documents of their respective LGUs for examination.

“This is to verify reports that public funds may have been used to invest in Aman Futures,” Roxas said in an e-mailed statement.

He also approved the administrative relief of the PNP personnel, saying the move was intended to “avoid chances of whitewash in the ongoing police investigation.”

“This scam has been perpetrated beginning as early as February this year and there have been very loud indicators that this scam was happening,” Roxas said.

Negligence

“The fact that there was no report (sent)… from the city (police station), to the province, to the region (and) all the way to (PNP main) headquarters indicates, at the very least, negligence or laziness,” he added.

Besides Manzan and Mission, 21 other policemen who allegedly invested in Aman Futures had been “recalled back to camp,” Roxas said.

“This is to ensure that they do not use their authority to exact revenge against Aman Futures and its representatives,” the interior secretary said.

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  • Barak_O

    he he he he he

    nangangamoy na ang baho ng protector ni nonoy

  • nti_boohaya

    Naku po ang dami ng nasasangkot.  Wala ng patutunguhan neto. 

  • MULEN

    Watch out for these policemen who lost big in the scam. Surely they will devise ways to recoup their investments, by hook or by crook. Magiging uso na naman ang hulidap lalo na sa parteng Cebu at Zamboanga. Tiyak iyon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Those PNP officers and men who were relieved or recalled back to the camp
    MUST be shipped to Spratlys while awaiting outcome of this scam.

  • Hey_Dudes

    We really must be from another planet from the way we  adhere to the words ‘personal responsibility’. Imagine, ng dahil sa kagustuhan mong maging mayaman overnight at madoble ang pera mong inipon ng hindi ka man lang papawisan, magpapaloko ka sa isang experto sa lokohan?   Pagkatapos mong magising sa katotohanan, gusto mong isisi sa iba ang iyong pagiging ganid?  Hindi lang yong gusto mo rin na ang gobierno ay maibigay muli sa iyo ang perang nawala ng dahil na rin sa iyong pagiging isang t a n *ga na kayang lokohin?  Tama ba naman ang asal na yan?

  • watot

    Kung walang mag papaloko, walang manloloko.Sacked those govt officials and policemen who were involved or victimised by this scam. Their job is to protect the public. Given their resources and authority, they should know what is legitimate or not….unless they’re hardcore BOBOs!!! Pyramid scheme without a product is a scam has been in the news since 2000.

  • watot

    Dont spend govt resources or people’s tax to incur more loss by investigating this scam or go after the culprits. Firstly, who should be blamed? This is already known scam many many years ago. Immediately sacked govt officials who were involved or participated.

  • vodot

    Tingnan ninyo ang security logbook ng Kongreso kung sino itong congressman na palaging binibisita ni Amalilio.

  • vodot

    Meron ba naghahanap ke Nonoy Luna, buhay pa kaya ang taong ito?

  • dequis

    negligence or laziness daw, mukhang sutlang pagtatanggol ang ginagawa ni Sec Mar Roxas ah eh alam niyang nagbulagbulagan at nagbingibingihan lang ang mga pulis niya. hindi magtatagumpay ang kahit anong katarantaduhan illegal at bawal kung hindi alam ng mga pulis.

  • Commentator

    The policemen and politicians should have read this from Wikipedia to know the difference between multilevel marketing and pyramid schemes. It says:
     
    The United States Federal Trade Commission states “Steer clear of multilevel marketing plans that pay commissions for recruiting new distributors. They’re actually illegal pyramid schemes. Why is pyramiding dangerous? Because plans that pay commissions for recruiting new distributors inevitably collapse when no new distributors can be recruited. And when a plan collapses, most people – except perhaps those at the very top of the pyramid – end up empty-handed.”

  • MonMayuga

    Baka naman may kinalaman ang mga Jalosjos dito? Bka sila ang pinakamalalaking “Lolong” at ang mga tauhan ay mga galamay lamang nila. Ang mga pulis na ito ay maaaring kabilang sa mga galamay, delivery personnel at security providers ng mga ulo ng sindikatong ito. 

    Ipakain na lamang silang lahat kay Lolong.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7BONDSSXO32N5TTPWE2IQ3TJ3M Maymay Indom

     Jalosjos Political clan is eyeing the whole zamboanga peninsula gusto nila itong macontrol..bakit kaya nagkataon ring sa Zamboanga del sur ang punterya nitong aman..Jalosjos needs bigger cash to win this coming election ..at ang mga sabi sabi pa palagi raw sa Dakak yang si Amalilio beach resort owned by the Jalosjoses.

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