DoJ: Deportation delay due to Malaysian complaints

Posted on January 28, 2013

COMPLAINTS by locals in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia versus investment “scam” mastermind Manuel K. Amalilio may be the reason for the delay in his deportation, a Cabinet official told reporters in a chance interview yesterday.

Contrary to earlier reports that the delay was due to complications with Mr. Amalilio’s citizenship as well as deportation documents, the Malaysian police stopped “at the last minute” his deportation due to locals complaining of a similar “fraudulent” investment scheme, Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima said.

Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ordered a probe on why the deportation of the leader of Aman Futures Group Philippines, Inc. was suddenly stopped by Malaysian police officials.

“The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has been instructed by the DFA to find out why the deportation of Mr. Amalilio did not push through as scheduled and to coordinate with the Malaysian authorities for its early implementation,” Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Raul S. Hernandez, who is also spokesman of the agency, said in a text message.

Ms. de Lima earlier told reporters Mr. Amalilio’s scheduled deportation last Friday was stopped by Malaysian authorities for an “unclear” reason.

The Aman Futures leader was about to aboard a commercial plane back to the Philippines when Malaysian police intervened, she said.

Mr. Amalilio was arrested last Tuesday by authorities in Kota Kinabalu for carrying a fake passport and identification card, Ms. de Lima said.

He was set to be deported as “he is a Filipino citizen,” the Justice secretary said, contrary to earlier reports that he is a Malaysian citizen.

Mr. Amalilio was to be brought to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila. He was to face syndicated estafa charges before the Pagadian Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Zamboanga City, the Justice Secretary said.

Mr. Amalilio had been charged along with other officials of the Aman group. This was followed by arrest warrants issued by the Pagadian RTC.

Mr. Amalilio is the only incorporator of the Aman group not under NBI custody.

The investment firm allegedly swindled thousands of investors, who lost around 12 billion. -- Richard Jacob N. Dy with a report from Kathryn Mae P. Tubadeza