Pagadian court orders arrest of Aman Futures execs

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 11 2013 02:28 PM | Updated as of Jan 12 2013 06:36 AM

MANILA - The Pagadian City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has 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 on Friday against Manuel Amalilio, Fernando Luna, Nimfa Luna, Dhurwen Wenceslao (also known as Dharwin D. Wenceslao and Dhurwin D. Wenceslao), and Donna Coyme -- all of whom remain at large.

In a 2-page order dated Jan. 11, Judge Vicoy directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to present before the trial court the other accused under its custody. They were ordered detained in Pagadian City.

"As far as accused Lelian Gan, Eduardo Lim, Wilanie Fuentes, Naezelle Rodriguez and Lurix Lopez, who are said under the custody of NBI, Taft Ave., Manila, the said NBI office is hereby directed to bring the living bodies of the said named accused to this court within a reasonable period of time for the issuance of proper order for their commitment at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Lenienza, Pagadian City," the order read.

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

"After a perusal of the affidavit-complaint of Clyde D. Rondrique and joint affidavit-complaint of Edgar B. Bongalos, Ferdinand Mendez Morales, Jessie Lawas Famor and Vida Belle Althea T. Martinez, joint affidavit-complaint of Joel G. Vercide, Rey C. Torrecampo and Johnabel H. Tabunda, and affidavit-complaint of Nany Mendez Y Suico, as well as the joint counter-affidavit with motion for application as state witnesses of Lelian Lim Gan, Eduardo L. Lim, Wilanie L. Fuentes, Naezelle M. Rodriguez and Lurix B. Lopez, joint counter-affidavit of Dhurwen D. Wenceslao, Marione Paul V. Paner and Connie Flor Grace L. Paner, other pertinent documents attached to the records of the case, and a resolution of the DOJ Special Panel of Prosecutors, the court finds it proper to adopt as it hereby adopts the said resolution and findings of probable cause against all the above-named accused," the order read.

Two cases for 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.