‘Higher ups’ prevented Amalilio deportation—De Lima

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. INQUIRER/Niño Jesus Orbeta

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said it was the Malaysian Police Commissioner on orders of “higher ups” who stopped the Philippine government from taking back an alleged pyramid scam leader, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima disclosed Friday.

De Lima said that up to the last minute, they were given assurance by the Malaysian police that Manuel Amalilio, head of the Aman Futures group, allegedly responsible for defrauding hundreds of investors, may be deported.

“We are trying to verify what exactly is the reason [because] up to the very last minute, there was an assurance from the Malaysian police that there was no problem with them…We want to know who these higher ups are,” De Lima told reporters Friday.

“We are taking certain steps now to address the matter. This is just a temporary setback,” DeLima said assured.

She said among the documents that the National Bureau of Investigation had to prove was that Amalilio was a Filipino with a birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office, a Filipino passport and NBI clearance.

De Lima said she was waiting for an update from the Philippine embassy in Malaysia.

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  • speedstream2

    Is there an offer that’s still under consideration until it’s of the kind that can’t be refused?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5TENDBNOVQRJEKFPV76D2N4XUM Socorro

    Kasi naman Sec. de Lima you deceive them by saying that Amanlilio is a Filipino when he is a Malaysian. Who would not be angry at that? Just tell the whole truth na lang kasi to the Malaysian and to the victims here. do not give them false hopes by making lies or pambobola. This is where Pinoy govt. is good at ; at lying and making bola.

  • Rovingmoron

    Is there a tendency for higher officials in Sabah to engage in graft and corrupt practices? I’m not insinuating, but the way I look at it, perhaps, Amalilio gave one of his planes to the Sabah government official? Di kaya? In this way, he can’t be deported back to Pinas.

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