BI issues lookout bulletin vs. top Aman Futures execs
November 20, 2012 11:48 pm
By Perfecto Raymundo
MANILA, Nov. 20 — The Philippine government is on the lookout for top officials of Aman Futures Group Philippines, Inc. (Aman Futures) who may try to leave the country following their involvement in the P12-billion pyramiding scam that victimized 15,000 people from the Visayas and Mindanao.
Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David, Jr. issued the lookout order upon instruction of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.
With the order, all ports around the Philippines will be on the lookout for executives and directors of Aman Futures.
The BI is an attached agency of the DOJ.
Named as subjects of the BI's lookout bulletin are 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.
However, the company's founder 32-year-old Manuel Amalilio or Mohammad Suffian Saaid has left the Philippines for Sabah, Malaysia. He is of Filipino-Malaysian descent.
David echoed the statement of De Lima that in the absence of an arrest warrant or hold departure order from the court, immigration officers cannot prevent those in the lookout bulletin from leaving the Philippines.
"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," David said.
David said 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.
Although the Philippines has no extradition or mutual legal assistance treaties with Malaysia, the DOJ said that it will seek the help of International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to bring Amalilio and others involved in the scam who may have left the country to escape prosecution. (PNA)