PAGADIAN, Philippines – For victims of the Aman Futures investment scam in Pagadian, the arrest of founder Manuel Amalilio in Malaysia is an answered prayer.
Pastor Hipolito Paner, a victim of the scam, said Amalilio must pay for duping thousands of investors in his double-your-money scheme.
“Napakalaking bagay sa lahat ng investors, lahat ng mga nabiktima, na sana naman magbayad na siya sa lahat ng mga biktima dahil hanggang ngayon ‘yung iba wala ng pag-asa na maibalik sa kanila ‘yung kanilang pera,” said Paner.
Paner is one of the pastors of the Christian Missionary Alliance which invested in Aman Futures.
Many investors like Camilo Anungcar said the arrest of Amalilio brings hope.
“Pasalamat ko nga nadakpan si Aman, gusto ko maibalaik ang pera kasi pinaghirapan namin ‘yon,” said Anungcar.
Anungcar thanked authorities and said he wants to get back all the money he invested.
“Hindi masukat ‘yung tuwa ko,” said another victim of Aman Futures, Jose Solosod.
Victims now urge authorities to immediately bring Amalilio to Pagadian City so he can finally face all the charges of syndicated estafa. -- ANC