2 Aman Futures suspects surrender

by Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 11 2013 10:36 PM | Updated as of Jan 13 2013 02:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Two suspects in the Aman Futures scam surrendered to authorities on Friday.

Husband and wife Nimfa Caballero Luna and Fernando Rona Luna gave themselves up to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Lawyer Virgilio Mendez, NBI deputy director for regional operations, said around 3 p.m. Friday, he received a call from the suspects' lawyers saying the couple wanted to surrender.

"I didn't give too much importance, baka naman bluff lang ito. Nasa office kami ni (Justice Secretary Leila de Lima) and I said 'give us one hour,'" he said.

Mendez said he received another call from the suspects' lawyers that said, "Please fetch us we are just around."

He said the suspects met with De Lima around 6 p.m. and were brought to the office of the NBI director.

The suspects later had their mugshots and fingerprints taken.

The couple refused to speak to the media.

Mendez said the Luna couple, together with 6 other suspects already in their custody, will be transferred to Pagadian pending an advise from the courts.

The Pagadian City Regional Trial Court (RTC) earlier ordered the arrest of officers of Aman Futures Group Philippines, Inc. for the non-bailable offense of syndicated estafa.

Pagadian City RTC Branch 20 Presiding Judge Dennis Vicoy issued the arrest warrant against the Luna couple, Manuel Amalilio, Dhurwen Wenceslao (also known as Dharwin D. Wenceslao and Dhurwin D. Wenceslao), and Donna Coyme.

Aside from the Luna couple and Coyme, the other suspects remain at large.

The order adopted the Department of Justice's (DOJ) finding of probable cause against the accused.

Two cases of syndicated estafa were filed by the DOJ before the Pagadian court on Thursday against the accused for allegedly conspiring to victimize investors through a Ponzi scheme.

The first complaint alleged damages amounting to P46.66 million; the second complaint claimed damages of P43.24 million.

Several other similar complaints against the accused remain pending at the department. - with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News