Aman Futures right-hand man surfaces

Posted at 12/27/12 11:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The alleged right-hand man of Manuel Amalilio of Aman Futures Group Philippines, Inc. has finally surfaced after news of the multi-billion peso fraud broke.

Fernando Luna, accompanied by his lawyer, went to the Department of Justice on Thursday morning to personally subscribe to his and wife Nimfa's counter-affidavits for their syndicated estafa case.

Aside from the Luna couple, another respondent identified as Araceli Pasco Julian also filed her counter-affidavit.

A radio dzMM report said Luna broke into tears, asking Amalilio to surface and help him clear his name.

He claimed he was also a victim of the fraud, saying he was named by Amalilio as president of three firms without his knowledge.

A special panel probing the case reset the hearing to today after the Luna couple asked to submit their counter-affidavits to the complaints filed by several investors.

They claimed they did not have enough time to answer the complaints, having received them only a few days before.

Since the probe is expected to end only today, a resolution will have to wait until next year. The panel of prosecutors have 90 days to submit a resolution.

Luna was pointed as one of the main architects of the Ponzi scheme that duped several investors in Mindanao of at least P12 billion.

Five members of the Board of Directors of the embattled firm earlier surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and expressed willingness to cooperate in the probe.

The board members were identified as Leila Lim Gan, Edmund G. Lim, Wilanie Fuentes, Nazelle Rodriguez, and Lurix Lopez. – with a report from Alex Calda, dzMM