DOJ affirms ruling vs co-accused in Aman Futures scam
MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) affirmed the finding of probable cause against one of the accused in a syndicated estafa case involving the Aman Futures alleged pyramiding scam.
In a four-page resolution by the DOJ Special Panel of Prosecutors, dated Aug. 29, but released only on Wednesday, the department junked the motion for reconsideration (MR) of Rico Crisostomo Medina, co-accused of Aman Futures Founder Manuel Amalilio and former Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co.
The case stemmed from a complaint filed by Aman investors Samsodin Ala (P7.38 M), Fabian Tapayan (P1.624 M), and Norolhaya Taha (P1 M), who alleged that they were assured of high interest but were unable to recover their investments.
The DOJ ruled that the arguments in Medina's MR were a mere"rehash" of his defense presented during the preliminary investigation of the case, and "evidentiary in nature" which is "best ventilated in a full-blown trial.
"A perusal of the arguments raised by respondent Rico Medina in his motion for reconsideration shows that the same are mere rehash of the defenses he already posited in his counter-affidavit which have already been passed upon in the said resolution.
The resolution was appoved by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano.
Aside from Amalilio and Co, the latter’s wife, Priscilla Ann, was also included in the charge.
Also charged were several Aman Futures officers.