THARRIE: I said "you can go to the Provincial Prosecutors Office of the place where the crime was committed.". That means a case can be filed against them in the province if the crime was committed there or at least any of its elements occured at that province. If your case was almost similar with the people who were able to file their case at the province, why would you not be allowed? You should be allowed. The reason maybe why you were told that you cannot file at the province is because the documents are still with them (NBI) but they are not saying that ultimately, you cannot file a case of your own.
As to the designation of the case, Syndicated Estafa is punishable under P.D. 1689. The said law pertains to misappropriation of moneys contributed by stockholders or members of rural banks or cooperatives or of funds solicited by corporations/associations from the general public.” The couple do not classify as corporation or association and although you are part of the general public, you did not contribute money as stockholders or members of a rural bank, cooperative, or samahang nayon. Our discussion here however should be the concern or the accused and not so much of your problem. Kung hindi alam ng abogado nya ang purpose ng PD 1689, he might not raise this matter for the benefit of his clients, bahala sila. Di na problema ng mga complainants yun. Meron kaming kasong ganyan. Cell card scam. The accused had to appeal to the regional state prosecutor bako sila paniwalaan na simple estafa langang kaso.
Here's my advice: You have the right to withdraw the documents you submitted at the NBI and file the case at the place where the crime was committed. However, it is better for you to just let the NBI do the work and concetrate on your remaining businesses instead. (This is better so you wont be stressed by so much worrying and adding suffering to what you have been through already.)
As for your fear that the couple might run away, there is a simpler solution. Just tell the other complainants whose cases are already pending in court at the province that the accused might be able to abscond if no HDO is issued against them. In this way, eh di yung ibang complainants na lang ang bahalang magrequest ng HDO sa kanilang kaso. Sila ang mgtatrabaho at mamumrublema pero pareho rin ang kauuwian pag naigrant yung motion nila for HDO - hindi pa rin makakaalis yung akusado kahit walang HDO sa mismong kaso mo. Got the point? I hope i am helping you. God bless.