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Man who lost everything in 2013 looks to the new year with hope

NEVER SAY DIE After losing everything in a triple whammy that included Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” retired police chief Casimiro Villas says he hasn’t lost hope. DANNY PETILLA/CONTRIBUTOR

A succession of personal tragedies in 2013 could have broken the will of a lesser man to go on living. But not Casimiro Villas, who lost the May 13 elections, lost his retirement savings to an investment scam in August, and lost his entire family to Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on Nov. 8.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

SC grants DOJ request for court transfer of Rasuman cases to Manila


The Supreme Court has granted the Department of Justice’s request to transfer to Manila the court cases filed against Jachob “Coco” Rasuman, the suspected leader of an investment scam group operating in Lanao del Sur.

Posted: October 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

P100-M scam victims surface


More victims of what turned out to be another Ponzi scheme rushed to the police station in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, weeks after the arrest of the alleged scam mastermind.

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Pyramid of violence

The family and bodyguard of Dr. Rico Medina, who last Monday night narrowly escaped an ambush in barangay Labangon, Cebu City, can’t exhale with relief yet.

Posted: June 26th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Aman pyramid investor, family escape ambush-slay try in Cebu City

Labangon, Cebu City

A doctor who was reportedly an investor in the Aman Futures pyramiding scam, his wife, son and bodyguard escaped unscathed when they were fired upon past 12 a.m. Monday in Barangay (village) Labangon this city.

Posted: June 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Scam suspect’s P17-M Lamborghini found in condo; raps set vs dealer

P17-MILLION RIDE  Officials led by NBI chief Nonnatus Rojas (in dark suit) and  Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (center) present to the media the Lamborghini reportedly bought by alleged pyramid scam leader Manuel Amalilio, which was found abandoned at a Mandaluyong City condominium Friday. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The National Bureau of Investigation will file charges for obstruction of justice against a distributor of luxury cars following the recovery of a P17-million Lamborghini reportedly owned by alleged pyramid scam leader Manuel Amalilio.

Posted: May 10th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Wife of suspect in Mindanao pyramid scam arrested

Jachob "Coco" Rasuman shows up at the Department of Justice and swears in on his counter-affidavit denying allegation that he defrauded investors in a Ponzi scheme. TETCH TORRES/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Police authorities arrested the wife of Jachob “Coco” Rasuman, a suspect in a pyramiding scam in Lanao del Sur. Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Llorca, Pasay city chief of police, said Princess Tomawis Rasuman was arrested Wednesday night by virtue of a warrant issued by a local court.

Posted: April 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

LP local bet tagged in pyramid scam asks court to stop arrest

Former Pagadian City Mayor Samuel S. Co.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co has asked the court to hold the proceedings on the syndicated estafa case filed against him as well as the issuance of a warrant for his arrest and arraignment.

Posted: March 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Scam brain Amalilio’s extradition set back by Sabah crisis


The month-long crisis in Sabah triggered by the “incursion” by an armed group acting for Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, may have set back the government’s efforts to have alleged pyramid scam leader Manuel Amalilio extradited from Malaysia.

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aman Futures founder nabbed in Malaysia


Emmanuel Amalilio, founder of Aman Futures, which figured in a widespread Ponzi scheme in Mindanao and the Visayas, has been arrested in Kota Kinabalu in the east Malaysian state of Sabah, an official of the National Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday.

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Rasuman’s pyramid scam a family affair, court case shows


The multi-million-peso investment scam perpetrated by Jachob “Coco” Rasuman was apparently a family affair. This emerged after the Department of Justice recommended on Wednesday, the filing of syndicated estafa case not only again against Rasuman, his father, mother, brother and his wife but also for the first time his father-in-law and two other brothers.

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Court freezes 141 more bank accounts of mayor, wife over Aman pyramid scam

Former Pagadian City Mayor Samuel S. Co.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Court of Appeals has frozen 141 more bank accounts in connection with the P12-billion Aman Futures Group Phil. investment scam, which duped around 15,000 investors earlier this year.

Posted: December 13th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Couple in scam nabbed

A couple tagged in a multi-million peso pyramid scam that victimized teachers in Manila surrendered to Cebu police last Thursday. The couple identified as Danilo and Janet Gujilde said they turned themselves over to the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) after getting death threats. The couple stayed in barangay Lahug, Cebu City. The couple faced [...]

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


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  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
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  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
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  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
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  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
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  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
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  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
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