Scam brain Amalilio’s extradition set back by Sabah crisis

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The month-long crisis in Sabah triggered by the “incursion” by an armed group acting for Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, may have set back the government’s efforts to have alleged pyramid scam leader Manuel Amalilio extradited from Malaysia.

Amalilio, who is serving a two-year sentence in Kota Kinabalu after he was convicted of possessing an ostensibly fake Philippine passport, is wanted in the Philippines for allegedly victimizing 15 million Filipinos of P12 billion in his fraudulent investment scheme.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Thursday the trip of a Department of Justice team that was scheduled to leave last Tuesday for Kuala Lumpur for talks with the Malaysian government on Amalilio’s extradition has been deferred “indefinitely” because of the crisis.

“We do not have, I think, the right environment to do such a thing. So we can say that’s one of the probably unintended consequences of the acts of the Kiram group,” De Lima said.

“If the right time comes, when the heat dies down, then we can already send our team [to] Kuala Lumpur,” she said.

The DoJ officials were to hold preliminary talks with the Malaysian Attorney General’s office on the possibility of bringing Amalilio, who had fled to Malaysia after his investment scam unraveled, back to Manila to face prosecution before the completion of his two-year jail sentence.

Malaysian police initially surrendered Amalilio to a team of Filipino law enforcers last January. The team was about to board a plane for Manila with Amalilio on Jan. 25 when they were stopped by senior Malaysian police officials. Amalilio was returned to police custody and subsequently convicted and sentenced for fraud by a Kota Kinabalu court.

Despite the setback, De Lima said the government would exhaust all means to prosecute Amalilio in the Philippines.

She said courts in Cagayan de Oro and Pagadian cities have issued warrants for the arrest of Amalilio and his associates. She said the DOJ was awaiting a similar warrant from a court in Iligan City.

“The cases are moving because there are several complaints filed, and several are still under preliminary investigation, and some are already in court, and there have been warrants of arrest. We will continue to work for the successful prosecution of Amalilio et al.,” she said.

The DOJ last Monday filed a syndicated estafa complaint in Iligan against Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co, alleging that the mayor acted as an “agent” for Amalilio’s Aman Futures Group Philippines.

Also charged were 12 others, including Amalilio and his wife, Abigail Pendulas.

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  • JOSE RIZAL

    what kind of alibi is this? trying to tie to the sultan their failure to bring justice to common tao. looks kinda more a s s kissing required to their master m a l a y s i a n  lechon. put more sarsa. besides, if you bring him to the philippines, you will just parade his incarceration as justice served to make it look like it is enough justice. a big no. not until you return those monies to his victims and not till you hand him down to them so they can tear him apart piece by piece. and that is justice served.

    • Jane Tan

      Lol… we already had a hard time getting him back prior to the Sabah incident, what more when armed Filipinos invade Malaysia

    • magiting78

      Madali lang naman solusyon dyn….lapit lapit ng Malaysia pwd tumawid gamit banka…bakit hnd bayaran ABB 500K lng tapos yan c Amallio….lolz

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Even without the Sabah Standoff, DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima already said extradition is next to impossible. In her famous words, “We are powerless.” De Lima said it when news of the pyramid scam first broke back in Nov 2012. De Lima said it again when Kris Aquino pressed her to pressure Mr. Amalilio to return Kris Aquino’s P50 million investment in the scam. De Lima said it again just before the death toll in Sabah started to come in. Of course, we know De Lima is just making up excuses.

    • Jane Tan

      Lol… how can you expect De Lima to triumph over someone with more than 50x her resources and the brains to scam 15 million idiots?

      For all we know, Amalilio could have been the one behind the Sabah incident. He has the money and could have used it to divert attention from himself =p

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        01. The earliest tip-off on the pyramid scam came to DOJ Leila de Lima’s attention as early as Feb 2012. The pyramid came crashing down in Nov 2012. The tip-off came from no less than Pagadian Chamber of Commerce Ms. Quisumbing who was once the DepEd Sec. AMLC, DOJ, DTI, SEC and NBI all admitted not acting fast enough during a congressional hearing by Chiz Escudero, Kiko Pangilinan and Rufus Rodriguez.

        02. Amalilio behind Sabah incident? That’s exactly the theory De Lima proffered except that AFP found it too outlandish.

        tribune,net,ph/headlines/item/7492-doj-links-aman-futures-to-terrorism.html

      • Jane Tan

        It was rhetorical. We can’t expect De Lim to triumph over anyone =p

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        a sigh of rhetorical resignation.

      • magiting78

        bakit ako mag reresign naniniwala pa naman sa akin ang presidente wala ako pakialam sa inyo…..hahhaha kapit tuko…

  • txtman

    AHAHAHAHAHA
    BOBO LANG ANG MANINIWALA DYAN!
    PITIFUL

  • Stuubs

    Since our present administration lead by Abnoy  has become gaga about Malaysia, we (The Philippines) might just join the Malaysian Federation as well, so there will be none of all these issues anymore between PH and Malaysia. We’ll just keep our selves busy then,, doing domestic work ,tending their plantations and must obey them without complain…and we’ll kiss their stinky arss, three times a day !… just like what  the Abnoy administration is consistently doing right now…

  • UrHONOR

    MAKE those “responsible” answer for the fiasco.   Naghangad ng kagitna,  isang salop ang nawala!

  • Akoaykanoy

    Naisahan kayo ng mga Malaysian kunwari mayroon kaso si amalilio at serving 2 years sentence pero nandoon lang siya hndi naman nakakulong and he is being treated as a VIP because of his $$$$$ at Sabah is not the issue for his repatriation to RP you have to wait for 2 years for him to serve sentence pero saan niyo hahanapin siya after that period of time

  • Akoaykanoy

    Hulihin lahat mga kamag-anak ni amalilio at pag hindi siya dumating sa RPI execute them all Malaysian style and destroy all his properties di tapos ang drama.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IY7ISACBX4HONCRK77BXZXL62M Johnny

    I hope na di po press release ito para i-condition ang mga tao na di na mahahabol si Amalilio. Sabihin na lang ninyo sa Malaysia “separate issue” si Amalilio at ang Sabah. Tapos maganda kung gagawin din ninyo ung Malaysian style ni sinasabi ng iba dito para matakot ang mga malaysians na pumunta sa Pinas – manloloko …tapos… expect na they can get away easily from the Philippine Government. Ganun po tingin ng mga dayuhan sa Pinas – do something really bad and get away easily which is maling-mali po.

    Malaysian government are doing what’s best sa citizen nila (actually most countries) sana sa atin ganun din po kasi nagbabayad din kami ng tax gaya nila.

  • Ayjayar

    Set back Amarillo’s extradition bec of Sabah crisis??? Get real, Sec DeLima and spare us the sad story (yours, by the way, not  the thousands of poor retirees that Amarillo duped)!!..This Amarillo is now a “Mohammad-something”… meaning he converted to Islam. Now, you’ll never get him extradited, haha!….. 

  • joshmale2004

    Why cancel the trip when malaysia has not backed out from the meeting? Push with the schedule and see what Malaysian authorities will decide. Wag nyo pangunahan ang di pa nangyayari. Besides Amalilios’ case is different from the Sabah issue.

  • speak_only_the_truth

    lmao stop with the excuses de lima. even without the sabah crisis, do you really think the malaysians will surrender one of it’s citizens?

    and yet, when the malaysian pm says they might ask manila to extradite the kirams, de lima immediately said, she will readily study it asap. wahaha. the government has no bones and too weak to stand up to other countries.

    when a diplomat raped one of our citizens a few months ago, the dfa even acted as the rapists lawyer and let him fled the country.

    well, this is the sad truth is the country is poor, weak and the leaders are even more incompetent and corrupt. they only care about enriching themselves. and the voters are even more stupid for voting these trapos and political dynasties

  • freeview

    Ginamit na ni Delima SI aMalillo ..ipagpapalit sa ulo ni Sultan Kiram…Dami pala usiness interest mga Cojuanco sa Malaysia..Si Danding at Tony Boy kaya siguro di maduyokan ang pasensya ni PM Razak..tiyak lagot busines nila

  • Gordo Viejo

    If the governments of the Philippines and Malaysia decided to swap Amalillo for Kiram, I would have no problem with it. I don’t see it happening, though.

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