SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews / 24 October) — Residents here were shocked to learn that a popular homegrown multi-talented FM radio music disc jockey here who tried his luck in other money-making businesses in neighboring provinces turned out to be involved in a multi-million investment scam.

News posted on social media on the arrest of Arnel Aratea in Sto. Tomas town in Davao del Norte drew mixed reactions from his friends and town mates who were surprised that he was involved in illicit investment scheme flagged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

San Francisco, Agusan del Sur and Santo Tomas in Davao del Norte. Map courtesy of Google Maps

Among those outspoken on social media were a friend and a close associate while others who know him well expressed their disgust in private messages over group chat on Facebook.

“What happened to you my friend? If you want to earn and make money that would be easy for you since you are such a multi-talented person. Just be contented with what God has given you. I feel sorry for you,” said Jose Bunilla, former long-time provincial board member who rose to fame as singer-entertainer-composer of Cebuano novelty songs in local events in the province which propelled him to become a politician.

Numer Plaza Lalisan, Jr., who said Aratea has been his partner as a crowd drawing singer during election campaign period also expressed dismay. “ If you only stayed here in our town you would have been…

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