Palace unfazed by aborted repatriation of Amalilio




MANILA, Philippines–There is no need for President Benigno Aquino III to request Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to release fugitive Manuel Amalilio to Philippine authorities because foreign affairs and justice officials could work this out, Malacañang said Monday.

The President’s spokesperson, Secretary Edwin Lacierda, called last Friday’s aborted repatriation of Amalilio, alleged brains of the Ponzi scheme that duped 15,000 Filipinos of P12 billion, from Kota Kinabalu to Manila a “temporary setback.”

But officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of Justice were now closely coordinating with their Malaysian counterparts to work for the eventual repatriation of Amalilio, Lacierda said.

“I don’t think so,’’ he said when asked whether the President would call Najib to facilitate Amalilio’s repatriation to Manila to face prosecution, “because we have a very good working relationship with our Malaysian counterparts. We don’t see that as a problem.’’

After all, the Philippines has a mutual legal assistance “mechanism’’ with its Southeast Asian neighbor, he said.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Sunday that the government was shifting to diplomacy to get Amalilio deported to Manila, and stressed continuing “police to police’’ cooperation between the two countries.

An apparent wrinkle emerged in the operation to get Amalilio after Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II declared that the Sabah chief minister, Musa Aman, ordered a stop to Amalilio’s deportation.

De Lima said that this could not be validated, and that the emergence of complaints from local scam victims in Kota Kinabalu was the likely reason for the aborted repatriation.

A team of Philippine law enforcers, who took over custody of Amalilio from Malaysian police, was waiting to board a plane to Manila last Friday when representatives from the police stopped them from departing with Amalilio.

They eventually boarded the flight without Amalilio, founder of the Aman Futures group that allegedly defrauded thousands of investors in the Visayas and Mindanao in a bogus investment scam.

Quoting De Lima, Lacierda said the delay in Amalilio’s repatriation was a “temporary setback.’’

“We are confident that, with the coordination of our Malaysian counterparts, we will be able to bring back Mr. Amalilio,” he said. “What happened last Friday was a mere temporary setback. We are in the process of bringing Mr. Amalilio back into the Philippines. So, rest assured that we are taking all efforts to ensure the repatriation of Mr. Amalilio to the Philippines.’’

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  • dennis

    As i said in other related article,My question to De Lima and some of NBI is “Have you have a recorded voice conversation when you first meet Mr.Manuel Amalilio?” Any CCTV cameras or hidden device? Mga NBI po Ms De Lima ang mga kasama nyo?

    • magiting78

      What’s the point sorry hnd ko nabasa yung previous comments mo..what is the used of recorded conversation to this issue?

  • Guest

    Di pa ilalabas ng Balay ni Roxas ang next attack kay Ochoa or Binay.
    Malamang nasa listahan nila yung pagpapatalsik kay Enrile. Susunod na!

  • opinyonlangpo

    Its just a matter of respect. Respect for the Philippines and respect within the ASEAN. Its not free.

  • Your_King

    Nothing fazes Aquino in terms of things that does not involved him and his KKK. Many Filipinos were swindled by this man and the Palace is unfazed. Now if this man took his Hacienda Luisita and gave it away then maybe that is another story. Or maybe if this man was related to GMA or GMA’s personal accountant then maybe Aquino would be fazed. But again…Aquino only cares about 2 things…himself and his KKK.

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