More Zamboanga Sur cops in Aman scam relieved


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Nearly two dozen police officials and personnel in Zamboanga del Sur have already been relieved from their posts by their superiors, who also asked them to explain their roles in the operation of Aman Futures, which ran a scheme that duped about 15,000 people of some P12 billion in cash.

Chief Superintendent Napoleon Estilles, chief of the Western Mindanao police office, on Monday urged his men to come forward, if they had also been victimized, and help file charges against Aman officials.

“Don’t be ashamed that you were duped, just come out, be counted (and help) in filing of charges against Aman Futures and Trading,” he appealed during an Inquirer interview.

Estilles said many policemen also fell for the scam run by Malaysian Manuel Amalilio and an undetermined number of Filipino cohorts. “I knew there are many of them, even here in Zamboanga City,” he said.

He said he had instructed field commanders to help gather complaints from their men.

Senior police officers and personnel were also summoned to regional headquarters and asked to explain what roles they had in Aman’s operation, Estilles said.

“We will leave to the National Bureau of Investigation what possible charges (will be brought up) against our men. We are conducting an investigation to determine if (the suspected offenses) warrant dismissal (from service),” Estilles said.

The NBI was probing senior officers like Zamboanga del Sur police director, Senior Supt. William Manzan; Pagadian City police director, Supt. Kenneth Mission; and 905th Public Safety director, Senior Inspector Oscar Buenaobra.

Earlier, Zamboanga del Sur board member Ernesto Mondarte said Buenaobra had coddled prime suspects Fernando and Nimfa Luna, and even facilitated their hiding in Dapitan City. Mondarte also cited witnesses who said the couple was hiding in Dakak.

The Inquirer repeatedly tried to contact former Representative Romeo Jalosjos to get his reaction, but he did not return the calls.

“I cannot confirm or deny that. But we are continuously looking for them,” Estilles said in response to Mondarte’s claims.

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  • malek_abdul

    According to my trusted bubwit, Romeo Jalosjos  has a very big hand in this scam because he needs the money for building a political dynasty in the 3 provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula. The Jalosjos clan are fielding their relatives and namesakes in various towns and provinces to have a huge control of the peninsula.

  • JK1000

    Itong Jalosjos wala hiya talaga, tapos kulong lagi gawa ng kasalanan. Wala kaluluwa familia ito. Sabi Instik, ” Ang tao galing kulong tapos gawa krimen ay lagi malas sa buhay at negosyo”  Alam ko sa kanya Eat Bulaga, bakit di kunin assets ng show para sa mga biktima.

  • red villa

    why not investigate the involvement of the city fire department head of pagadian? the same influence his men and people to invest.

  • red villa

    i heard the full security escort of embattled mayor CO of pagadian are planning to come out into open their participation and knowledge about aman. they too fall victim of aman that they invested to mayor co. the mayor promise them to return their money asap. considering the brother of mayor co,alex co,who invested 10million  was paid by ilang-ilang CO.

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