Pyramid scam suspect flees to Sabah, says NBI

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MANUEL AMALILIO: Suspected mastermind disappears. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino-Malaysian believed to be the brains behind a scam that duped some 15,000 people in Mindanao and the Visayas of P12 billion has fled to Sabah, the National Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

Mohammad Suffian Saaid, also known as Manuel Amalilio, who was involved in the P12-billion pyramiding scam, has left the country.

NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas said Amalilio, founder of Aman Futures Group Phils. Inc., is now in Kota Kinabalu.

Rojas said the NBI has coordinated with the Interpol and the Malaysian Embassy to determine Amalilio’s exact location.

The government has no extradition treaty with Malaysia but Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said there are other ways to get Malaysia’s help in sending back Amalilio to stand trial in the Philippines.

“Malaysia is part of the Asean Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, we can invoke that too,” De Lima said.

The pyramid scam has reportedly victimized some 15,000 people, mostly in the Visayas and Mindanao. Some of the victims are reportedly local officials, government employees, and police and military officers.

The NBI sent a notice to the Interpol and Malaysian Embassy on Thursday informing them of the syndicated estafa complaint filed against Amalilio at the Department of Justice.

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  • AFPako

    Ayan , sobrang trusting kasi mga kayumangmangs sa kapwa kayumangmang. Ang labas ay niloko kayo sa kapwang kayumangmang na Malayo !! Backstabber ang ugali mga ito.

  • boybakal

    Interpol, interpol pa ha. Gaya ng tumakas na kapatid ni Ramgen Revilla na pinatay.
    Kinausap din ang Interpol, hanggang ngayon nasa Turkey pa rin.
    Kay sarap pakinggan, Interpol, pero Fulpol naman, este pulpol pala.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    If we have gotten back Sabah, he wouldn’t dare go to Sabah.  Now let’s see if Malaysia would help arrest this Scam Artist of the Century.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    mga ganid ayan napala nyo akala nyo ba walang alam ang mga pulitiko diyan , ayun natalo kuno di ba sila kasabwat…c’mon money is the root of all evils…di ba yan tatanggap ng commission o hatian?

  • WalterPaulKomarnicki

    “syndicated estafa complaint”….what’s that in plain english? 

    just a complaint? 

    Join the queue.

  • http://twitter.com/judefawley Jude Fawley

    If this guy is a Malaysian Citizen, you can forget about it. There is no way this dude will be extradited back to the Philippines. You have to go there and kill him there. LOL This is a very common type of scamming pero nadali kayo? Kasi puro lang pera nasa utak nyo. Puro lang payaman. Buti nga sa inyo,

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Maraming pulis, sundalo, government officials and employees and nagoyo nito……naiisahan din pala ang mga manggogoyo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJWHBJLMWPTRUOZMN6JOMHLO2A Banana Na

    mahina pala sa intelligences ang ibang military at police na naloko…nakatakas pa ang head ng suspect papuntang SABAH, sabi ni DE LIMA na POWERLESS daw siya ibig sabihin din ba pati na ang PRESIDENT ay POWERLESS din sa problema nitong SCAM…di mo alam kung matatawa ka o magagalit sa government at military, naisahan sila ng isang JANITOR at DRIVER …

  • RomyLitz

    No way the 12,000,000,000 pesos will be returned if Amalilio or Suffain is arrested. Same case with Madoff, his Ponzi scam is Twenty Times of this, 50 billion US x 40 pesos, 2,000,000,000,000 pesos. Who’s to blame? The greedy scammed victims. Who else?

  • vodot

    Sana madakip buhay si Amalilio para makapagsabi pa ito kung sino ang tunay na mastermind sa Aman scam at kung nasaan nakaimbak ang limpak limpak na pera. Si Nonoy Luna buhay pa kaya?

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