Rodriguez grills gov’t prosecutor over Aman Futures scam


Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—A lawmaker on Wednesday grilled a representative of the justice department’s special panel of prosecutors for the complaints on the P12-billion investment scam of the Aman Futures group.

Senior assistant state prosecutor Edna Valenzuela, chairperson of the DOJ’s special panel of prosecutors to the case, was put on the spot during a hearing with the House committee on banks and intermediaries for the slow pace her committee had in resolving the 27 complaints they received against those responsible for the pyramiding scam.

Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez said the cases that were filed by the National Bureau of Investigation to the prosecutor’s office in Pagadian back in October should have prompted the DOJ to act immediately.

Valenzuela told the panel that the 27 complaints against several persons including Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co were still under evaluation and that they were in the process of sending subpoenas to the respondents.

“This involves officials and the police, it has been two months already, you are sleeping on the job!” Rodriguez told the state prosecutor.

He urged the panel to speed up the proceedings and ensure that those responsible for duping some 15,000 persons are arrested.

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  • RyanE

    Rep. Rufus Rodriguez has a point in grilling the prosecutor, but should at the same time contemplate on the root causes why so many were duped into this scam. For sure poverty is one of the reasons and the RH bill he is rabidly opposing is one of the solutions to this problem.

    • allan

      the SIMPLE truth is that GREED is the root cause.. period.

  • virgoyap

    This is the issue Rodriguez has to be concerned about. This is his duty as a Congressman. But to oppose the RH bill has nothing to do with his being a lawmaker.

  • tukmoldinako

    what a root cause by ryan, greed is the root cause,  telling me poverty so that you can associate it to RH Bill, come on use your common sense one of the contributor to aman future shelled 30 million , you call him he is poor.  and that is RH Bill to you.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    With respect to the Aman scam, the DOJ might be sleeping on the job as Mr. Rep. Rodriguez accuses.  But with respect to the RH Bill, Mr. Rep. Rodriguez is definitely jabbing in his sleep.

  • Felix

    As long as filipinos continue to have short memories, scams and corruption will happen again and again.

  • EdgarEdgar

    There’s clearly a disconnect here, a difference in expectations to be exact. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez is expecting DOJ prosecutors to act with the kind of urgency and zealousness DOJ demonstrated in going after Arroyo et al. Given that DOJ should have investigated the pyramid scam as early as April 2012, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez could be forgiven for losing his patience. On the other hand, the DOJ is already doing its best belatedly as it scrambles to pin the blame on Mr. Mayor of Pagadian City. The phone records and sms archives of Mr. Mayor to NBI from several months back will help him clear himself later on but not for now. For now, NBI and DOJ are badly in need of a scapegoat. With a scapegoat, the NBI and DOJ can present their case to the public on national TV and hopefully close it without really solving it. To lighten the mood, Sec. Leila de Lima even offered a ridiculously outlandish but laughably possible angle behind the whole scam — terrorism funded by a pyramid scam. Unfortunately for the victims, they are in no mood to appreciate Sec. Leila de Lima’s crass attempt at levity.

    • Turk Instein

      Why is the mayor being singled out by your DOJ? Did he violate a law? If so, what law did he violate? Did he offend any high position official in your country? Maybe his political opponent wants to kick him out. I read you have elections next year.

      • Gat Peps

        Mr Turk Instein, you seem to be familiar with our culture. EdgarEdgar’s comment is valid. In this country, if someone is disliked in politics, he or she will end up in the papers and be attached in the latest controversy going on.

        We should investigate who is the mayor’s political opponents. It is most probable his opponents are behind his being used as scapegoat.

        And it is not uncanny the DOJ will resort to this when convinced or coerced by powerful people to do what they are doing to this mayor.

        Interesting scenario building up…

        Next time we will see new discoveries…such is Pinoy politics.

  • speedstream2

    The usual what ifs and could haves are practically of no moment now. What needs to be addressed like yesterday are putting the scammers behind bars, recovering as much as can be recovered of the victims’ money and instituting better safeguards against a repeat of similar scams.

  • Ray

    The issue here is government inaction to this scam and nothing else… deviation pls to other issues and even to personalities…….May nakasuhan na ba and issued warrant of arrest na mga sangkot?????Matagal na itong pumutok ngunit hanggang ngayon wala pa ring narinig…..Ano pa nga ba ang maaasahan sa mga biktima???

  • miiron

    not only sleeping on their jobs……MAYBE paid by the AMAN GANG to slow down the investigation!   

  • adamson11

    Well, if they act promptly wala na yun mga mag bribe sa kanila eh… that simple, this is always the main reason on why things are so slow in the court, both side knows well this game of cat and mouse specially if the adversaries have money and well in this case its in billion!!! I am pretty sure only the small middlemen will be burned in this scam as the big either have fled the country or running for election!!!

  • Boomerang

    #7. Mr. Lurix Bitoon Lopez one of the Incorporator of Aman Futures needed to be jailed, knowing what he did and for what he had now. imagine their small house in Sicayab Dipolog City is now a mansion size 1.5M budget with Montero sport. I’m pretty sure he got huge funds in Aman Futures. No wonder he resigned his job at Century Canning Corporation. Money is the Evil Truth.. Good luck Lurix Lopez..

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