MANILA, Philippines - A victim of the Aman Futures investment scam expressed dismay Tuesday after hearing news of Manuel Amalilio's 2-year jail sentence in Malaysia.
"Dismayado po kaming lahat ng investors sa buong Pagadian City pati sa Zamboanga del Sur," Pagadian resident Fabian Tapayan Jr. said.
Tapayan told ABS-CBN News that his family and friends invested almost P14 million in Aman Futures before they realized it was a scam.
He said that nothing can be done by Amalilio to ease their loss.
"Hard-earned money iyun eh. Talagang kulang pa kung kakainin ang buong katawan ni Amalilio," he said.
He also speculated that Amalilio's detention in Malaysia was done to avoid his return to the Philippines, where he will face criminal cases in connection with the scam.
"Baka nabigyan ni Amalilio yun yung mga relatives niya dun para hindi siya madala dito sa Pilipinas," Tapayan alleged.
He urged the government to do its best to ensure that Amalilio returns to the country so that justice for Aman victims can be served.