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Gunmen kill policeman in Zambo City; probers considering Aman Futures link

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – A Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG) personnel was shot and killed by three unidentified gunmen Friday evening in Barangay Lunzuran, Zamboanga City. Investigators said it was possible the attack may be linked to the Aman Futures pyramiding collapse that is known to have victimized thousands, including many policemen.

Senior Superintendent Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City police officer-in-charge, identified the victim as SPO1 Raymond Dalida, who died from 12 gunshot wounds.

De Ocampo said Dalida was driving his Toyota Revo when the suspects, riding tandem on a motorcycle, chased and confronted him at around 10 p.m. Friday.

De Ocampo said that the suspects were heard to have shouted "ibalik mo ang pera namin" (Give us back our money) before they opened fire. "One of the possible motives we are looking into is that the incident has something to do with investments in the Aman Futures Group," De Ocampo said referring to a wide-reaching pyramiding scam in Pagadian City that collapsed in November. 

The Philippine National Police continues to crack down on officers who either failed to stop or were allegedly involved in the investment scam that duped thousands of people of some P12 billion.

Among those sacked was Senior Superintendent William Marzan, Zamboanga del Sur provincial police director.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said Marzan's relief was for his failure to stop the scam from spreading.

Aman Futures Group Phils. Inc., and its founder, Filipino-Malaysian Manuel Amalilio, has been at the center of a firestorm since November after its apparent pyramid scam collapsed, leaving thousands of duped citizens reeling from lost investments. The company had been enticing people to investment in a double-your-money scheme since February, somehow escaping government and police scrutiny for months.

Earlier reports said Amalilio’s victims included policemen. This was confirmed by Cerbo, who said at least 53 police personnel had been duped.

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