De Lima: Top execs of Aman Futures send surrender feelers

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday said that top leaders of the Aman Futures Group Phils. Inc. wanted to cooperate with the government’s investigation of the P12-billion investment scam that victimized some 15,000 people.

“Certain members of the board of directors of Aman have sent feelers to us indicating their intention to become state witnesses,” De Lima told reporters.

She said, however, that the offers have yet to materialize although she added that if the top Aman Futures cooperates, it would help the Department of Justice’s fact-finding and preliminary investigations in their tasks to go after the masterminds of the scam.

De Lima also confirmed that the DOJ was studying the possibility of making Ma. Donna Coyme, the alleged financial manager of Aman who gave herself up to the National Bureau of Investigation in Pagadian City, a prosecution witness.

Coyme arrived in Manila on Friday.

“We have yet to thoroughly assess her statement but I have already ordered the NBI to secure her,” De Lima said.

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  • fiveoclock

    alam naman siguro na gaga na yan ang ginagawa niya ay panloloko “scam” tapos gagawin ninyong witness eh di lalung masarap ang buhay niya….guardiyado na masarap pa stibug niya at saka gastos pa ng tax payers …. sana alisin na yan state witness at prosecutorrs witness ….ikulong din sila….at nagkasala sila……

  • regd

    And how exactly can a guy that cheat be a credible witness?

  • cong_lolong

    Does DOJ really need a state witness?  It can’t prove the scammers’ guilt without Coyme’s and the Aman directors’ testimonies?

  • NYPinoy

    The use of state witness is for the lazy prosecutors.   Prosecute them all; no need to give one criminal the jail pass.  Besides, none of these officers are qualified anyway.  The law says that only the lowest member of the gang could be made state witness.

    This is what we should do: trick them.  Act as if we are interested to talk to them.  Then arrest them.  Period.

  • wakats

    The alleged mastermind of aman futures, manuel amalilio, has already flown the cuckoo’s nest and is reported to be in Malaysia via Tawi-Tawi and Sabah.

    What is left are executives of the SEC-registered aman groups, agents and sub-agents.  The DOJ is planning to file syndicated estafa, a non-bailable offense, against the officers, etc of the pyramid schemers, but the bulk of the reported billions of pesos skimmed from innocent victims is probably deposited somewhere outside the country.

    File the charges now so warrant of arrest can be issued and repatriation proceedings be started with Malaysia, if amalilio has not left Kuala Lumpur yet, otherwise, the case would lose its luster with only minor players being litigated…     

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