Gov’t tells pyramid victims: Don’t take law into own hands


MANILA, Philippines — Government officials have been taking steps to avert any outbreak of violence among thousands of angry victims of pyramid scams, Malacañang said on Sunday, even as it appealed to the victims not to take the law into their own hands.

Undersecretary Abigail Valte, President Benigno Aquino III’s deputy spokesperson, said the police have been investigating complaints to help the victims get justice for their big losses, and have been securing key personalities accused of perpetrating the scam.

As a precautionary measure, Valte said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II relieved the Zamboanga del Sur police director, Senior Superintendent William T. Manzan, and Pagadian City police chief, Supt. Kenneth H. Mission, who invested in the Aman Futures, the company behind a multi-billion-peso scam in Pagadian.

“The authorities are moving quickly on this. They’re doing everything that they can to give justice to the investors, of course according to the instruction of the President,’’ she said over government-run dzRB.

At least 15,000 individuals, including local politicians, police and military personnel, government employees, market vendors, farmers, drivers, retired employees and overseas workers, were lured into investing some P12 billion into Aman Futures Group Philippines Inc. on promises of high returns.

After the scam was uncovered, some of the victims resorted to killing, kidnapping, torching of homes and looting.

The authorities ordered a manhunt for the key officials of the Pasay City-based Aman Futures, mainly its founder Manuel Amalilio, who has reportedly fled to Malaysia.

Other Aman executives facing charges are Fernando “Nonoy’’ Luna, Lelian Lim Gan, Edward Lim, William Fuentes, Naezelle Rodriguez and Lurix Lopez.

As the mayhem has been threatening to go out of hand, Malacañang aired a call for sobriety among the ranks of losing investors.

“We reiterate our appeal to the investors not to take the law into their own hands,’’ Valte said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia has been coordinating with authorities there to ascertain the whereabouts of Amalilio so he could be brought back to the country to face charges, Valte said.

“The law enforcement agencies are coordinating even with the officials in Malaysia where the President of Aman Futures is said to have gone; there is a report that he’s now in Kota Kinabalu. So we are coordinating with the officials there, with the help of the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia to determine the whereabouts,’’ she said.

The President earlier said the government would invoke the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with other members of the Southeast Asian countries to bring Amalilio back to the country.

Aquino said that the National Bureau of Investigation has begun coordinating with Malaysian authorities for the possible arrest of Amalilio,  whose Malaysian name is Mohammad Suffian Saaid.

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  • EdgarEdgar

    “Government tells pyramid victims: Don’t take the law into your own hands.”

    How do you expect the victims not to take the law into their own hands when this very government was alerted of the scam before June 2012, then sat on the case and did nothing for six long months before the house of cards came crashing down?

    How do you expect the victims not to take the law into their own hands when this very government failed them grievously despite having all the state powers, AMLC and the long arm of the law to stop the Malaysian conman in his tracks?

    For all the government’s inaction and indifference, Noynoy and his administration’s lame excuse is that they’re powerless. With Noynoy wagging his repulsive and shameless impotence in the face of the pyramid victims as his convenient excuse, how do you expect the pyramid victims not to take the law into their own hands?

    The nerve of this shameless impotent president and his men!

    • LBchild

      Laki talaga ng sama ng loob mo kay PNoy chong! I wonder kung sino ka. 

      • EdgarEdgar

        Sama ng loob? Hardly. PNoy is our president and he has the sworn duty to uphold the rule of law and protect all citizens from scams like the one perpetrated by the Malaysian conman. PNoy and his administration had the time (6 long months) and power to stop it. The fact is they failed to stop it. That is hardly sama ng loob. To be more specific, that is called accountability. In a vibrant democracy like ours, citizens like us not only have the right but the obligation to hold our government accountable. Being pro-PNoy does not mean you should turn a blind eye on what PNoy and his team are doing wrong or falling short of. If you choose to look the other way, you’re creating a monster and undermining our democracy.

        And here’s the answer to your next question: We love GMA!

      • Mamang Pulis

        they are so busy with GMA—at sa mga MILF—nakalimutan na yun ibang obligasyon.

      • EdgarEdgar

        Indeed. For single-mindedly pursuing GMA, they dropped everything else.

      • LBchild

        Una sa lahat, matagal na may advice ang gobyerno tungkol sa mga pyramid scams. Nakalimutan lang ng mga tao na maging metikuloso sa papasukin nilang pagkakakitaan kaya ayan ang resulta. 

        Ikaw EdgarEdgar, panay sabi mo na abnoy si presidente sa mga posts mo. May proof ka ba? Sabi mo na bakla, may proof ka ba? Sabi mo tamad, may proof ka ba? Nasan ang proof mo na inupuan lamang nila itong case na ito? Sagutin mo muna ang mga tanong ko sa accusations mo, maybe i will take your side kung mapaliwanagan mo ako ng mabuti.

        You love GMA, that’s fine with me. Sabi mo nga, “If you choose to look the other way, you’re creating a monster”. Well, you have created THE monster! 

      • EdgarEdgar

        The proof is in the original post. All the information included therein are gathered from PDI. Google and see for yourself. DTI knew about this and alerted other gov’t agencies before June 2012. 6 long months is a lot of time. 6 long months is too much time to dilly-dally.

        Using your logic, I find it rather disturbing that you approve of Noynoy blaming murder victims for being victims because the gov’t has not fallen short in telling people how bad public safety and security is. Warning citizens of the danger is not an excuse for not preventing crimes from happening. The logic is simply idiotic, which I hope you don’t mind my saying.

        As for Noynoy’s sexuality and sanity, those information are covered by national secrecy act. If you will join us in urging Noynoy to push for the passage of FOI bill, those information will be made publicly available to you.

        As for monsters, GMA has yet to be convicted of any crime in a court of law. She has however been convicted in the yellow media and propaganda. If you can prove her guilt, I’d be more than happy to join you in branding her as monster. Now, prove your case if you have any.

      • LBchild

        I don’t consider your responses proof. 

        The fact that your beloved GMA admitted to having cheated during the elections is proof enough for me. Remember the “I am sorry” speech?

      • EdgarEdgar

        You’re obviously poor in critical thinking and analysis. You can’t argue your case with reason so you resort to denialism. Any proof not in conformity with your preconceived notions are necessarily untrue for you. You sound very much like our ugly gay demented president Noynoy. Like master like servant.

      • LBchild

        So you do remember that speech! You’re a funny person. 

      • EdgarEdgar

        The courtesy I have afforded you has expired. This conversation is now terminated.

        A piece of friendly advice: upgrade your brain now.

      • LBchild


  • jadejones2012

    “Don’t take the law into your own hands.”

    At bakit kami susunod sa iyo,  ABnoy, abir?

    Eh ikaw nga ang numero unong sumusuway sa supreme court.


  • Mamang Pulis

    mahihirapan ata kayo—

    iba pag uugali ng mga yan, at masaklap pa–pag nababasa pa nila ang mga negatibong komento dito, lalo lang nagagatungan ang poot nila—sagot ng mga yan : pasensyahan na lang, kung hindi mo ibabalik pera namin, ulo mo na lang o ng kaanak mo

    kawawa ang mga kaanak ng mga ahente nyan–sila bu-bweltahan….at lalo na yun Amarillo, 

    ah naku, maiba tayo— nagkalat pa naman ang mga malaysian ngayun dito sa mindanao, yun iba espiya ng bansa nila.  Ang tignan nyo rin ay yun  mga  kasabwat ng mga ilang taga dito at namumugad sa Sandakan, itanung mo sa mga bihasa doon–sino sino mga pasaway—tausug, bisaya, chabacano, makikilala yan kagad…yun mga pulis sa Sandakan numero unong loco yan dahil galing sila ibang parte ng Sabah….malamang may ‘escort’ ang loco.

    kung tumakas yan amarillo patungong Sabah–malamang dumaan yan dito sa Tres Marias sa Zamboanga City, nag lantsa para Taganak–pag dating ng Taganak sakay ulit para  Sandakan 45kms ang layo kung junkong o tiririt ang gamit.  O di kaya, sa chinese pier ng Bongao yan bumaba, nag trycycle papuntang SangaSanga at doon sa tulay malapit sa high school sumakay ng lantsa ng mga nagpupuslit ng tao/kontrabando…

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    May kutob ako na ang mastermind ay mga opisyal ng militar tulad ng mga pyramiding scam na napalipas.

  • disqusted0fu

    you cant blame them for taking law into their own hands because the Aquino government is always too late in doing so. or not doing anything at all. they are so caught up on protecting their image and reputation thats why they forget their responsibilities. so the victims would rather do things on their own.

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