Angara slams NBI for publicity stunt on Aman Futures sans results

SENATOR Edgardo Angara lambasted the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for making publicity instead of reporting results in the investigation on P12 billion Aman Futures Philippines pyramiding scam in Pagadian City recently.

“Sa lawak at dami nang naloko, at tagal nang pangloloko, it is a failure of intelligence tapos publicity sila nang publicity wala pa naman na resulta, so tuloy nagtatakbuhan ang mga suspek, at naitatakbo ang assets, someone should be in charge,” Angara said in a phone patch interview.

Angara said that the NBI should do their jobs silently, working with government agencies such as the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to get vital information on the scam, instead of announcing their moves to the public.

“For example, they are planning to issue a hold departure order, dapat huwag nang ipahayag, kasi if they announce it, the media will pick it up, and published it which is their duty. So end result, those who are involved escapes,” Angara lamented.

“They should do their job first before issuing press releases,” Angara added.

Angara said that by doing so, they (NBI) are not helping the victims, but instead giving ides too  the culprit on how to deal and escape from their criminal and civil responsibilities.

“They are bungling the whole process, they are not helping the victims any,” Angara said.

Angara also urged the government to appoint a single agency that will handle the whole issue, like the Department of Justice, or creating a special task force with special investigators and asked help from financial experts from government financial institutions.

“Kung ako ang DOJ, gagawa na ako ng isang special task force, special investigators with the help of financial experts from the Finance Department, and BASP because this is more than a police work, this requires financial expertise,” Angara said.

On the task force, Angara proposed to include representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry, consumer protection groups, and other concerned agencies to come-up with a comprehensive approach to deal with the scam, and make results and even recommendations to Congress.

“I asks Secretary (Leila) De Lima to be personally in charge of this scam,” he said.

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