BI on lookout for pyramid scam suspects PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 November 2012 14:20

The Bureau of Immigration is in the lookout for 38 persons, including the top officials of the Aman Futures Group Phils. Inc., in connection with the multibillion-peso pyramid scam that had victimized some 15,000 people in the Visayas and Mindanao.

BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. issued the lookout bulletin upon the orders of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima instructing immigration officers in the different ports to watch out for the executives and directors of the said company.

The company is under investigation for the scam where the victims’ combined losses amounted to as much as P12 billion.

Named as subjects of the BI’s lookout bulletin were Manuel Amalilio, founder of Aman Futures Group; Fernando “Nonoy” Luna, Lelian Lim Gan, Eduard L. Lim, William L. Fuentes, Naezelle M. Rodriguez, Lurix Lopez, Prescilla Ann F. Co, Nimfa Luna, Rico Medina, Dhurwin Wenceslao, Reggie Luna, Araceli Pasco, Marilou Caballero, Shiela Luna Lasaca, Alfredo Aspira, P02 Ariel Real, Ernesto Luna, P03 Rey “Tata” Chang, Edward Amao, Maria Donna Coyme, Araceli Pasco Julian, Darwin Luna, Toto Caballero, Amay Caballero, Eric Lasaca, Judy Amarao, Edna Dalena, Dickens Dalena, Eva Dalena, Isojo K. Casil, Edna Caballero, Patrick V. Ceniza, Diosdado M. Mag-aso, Frederick M. Mag-aso, Leonita Duhaylungsod, Angelo Duhaylungsod, and Roger Tenajeros.

Earlier reports said the 32-year-old Amalilio, reportedly of Filipino-Malaysian descent, has left the country for Sabah, Malaysia. His Malaysian name is Mohammad Suffian Saaid.

David echoed the statement of De Lima that in the absence of an arrest warrant or hold departure order (HDO) from the court, immigration officers cannot prevent those in the lookout bulletin from leaving the country.

“If anyone of them is seen leaving the country, we can only report their departure to the Department of Justice for monitoring purposes but we cannot prevent them from leaving without a warrant or HDO from the court,” he explained.

The BI chief added that only a judge can issue an arrest warrant or HDO against the suspects but prosecutors have yet to file the criminal information against them before the court.

The National Bureau of Investigation has already filed charges against the suspects before the prosecutor’s office in Pagadian City.