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The arrest last Sunday of former Pagadian City mayor Samuel Co and his wife trains the spotlight back on the sordid case of the P12-billion Aman Futures scam that was said to have bilked some 15,000 investors, mostly in Mindanao and the Visayas. The case, still unresolved at this time with the principal accused having jumped the border to Malaysia, not only involved billions of pesos but also many prominent personalities, among them military personnel and politicians such as Co and his wife.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mutual legal assistance

The last-minute decision of Malaysian authorities in Sabah to stop the repatriation of Manuel Amalilio, for still undetermined reasons, is a setback for the Philippine effort to render justice to the victims of the P12-billion Aman Futures scam. But it is also a test for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Treaty on Mutual Legal [...]

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Guarding against investment scams

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AMAN SCAM BRAINS FALLS    Aman Futures founder Manuel Amalilio, whose investment scheme duped some 15,000 Filipinos of about P12 billion, was arrested in Kota Kinabalu on Jan. 22. Five Aman Futures directors—(from left) Wilanie Fuentes, Naezelle Rodriguez, Leilan Lim Gan, Lurix Lopez and Eduard Lim—have surrendered to the NBI. Photo: NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

One of the frequently asked questions regarding investment scams is: Why do people continue to fall for such scams, despite numerous education or financial literacy campaigns, notices, advisories, alerts and warnings from public and private organizations as well as the media?

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Ponzi schemes

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Entice investors with the promise of extremely high returns (ranging from a low 4 percent to a high 29 percent or even higher per month).

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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