No explanation vs Amalilio deportation; suspect said to be Sabah exec’s kin


MANUEL AMALILIO Contributed photo

MANILA, Philippines—Tension gripped a holding area of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport when a man said to be a ranking official of the Malaysian Royal Police barged into the room where a Philippine government delegation and Ponzi scheme operator Manuel Amalilio were staying and ordered the Filipinos to get out, a source who was present in the room told the Philippine Daily Inquirer Saturday.

The source said the team leader of the National Bureau of Investigation, Cesar Bacani tried to reason out with the unidentified Malaysian official and insisted tat the NBI team already had custody of the suspect after he was turned over to them by local police authorities.

“But the Malaysian, in a raised voice, insisted we cannot have Amalilio and another official who was also in the room at the same time ordered us to leave the room where Amalilio was being detained,” the source said, asking that he not be identified because he wasn’t authorized to talk to media.

“We were constrained to board the plane and leave Amalillio behind,” the source said.

Another Inquirer source in Kotaba Kinabalu said Amalilio was related to a high official in Sabah.

Amalilio was arrested by Malaysian police in Kota Kinabalu’s Ranao District on Tuesday afternoon for carrying “fake Malaysian documents.”

The source said Amalilio was turned over by the Malaysian police to the Philippine team at 4 p.m. Friday along with his ticket and boarding pass.

“Seat arrangement in the plane had also been laid out to ensure security of the subject,’’ the source said.

He added that the issue on Amalilio’s citizenship never came up during their coordination with the local authorities for the deportation of Amalillio.
“We are working on the basis that he is a Filipino and we have all the documents to prove his Filipino citizenship,” the source said.

The source also said that the Cebu Pacific plane arrived late and they were not able to board on time.

The government delegation and Amalilio were opposed to leave Kota Kinabalu airport at 5:50 p.m. and expected to arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at 7:45 p.m. on Friday.

According to another source of the Inquirer in Kota Kinabalu, Amalillio remained in the custody of the Royal Malaysian Police and was now detained at the Karamunsing District in the city.

The Sabah source also told Inquirer that Amalilio was a relative of a top government official in Sabah.

Amalilio, owner of Aman Futures Group, a fraudulent investment company that swindled up to 15,000 investors in the Visayas and Mindanao out of an estimated total of P12 billion of hear-earned money they invested in the company.

Amalillio and nine others have been charged with syndicated estafa, a non-bailable offense.

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  • louie

    i thought malaysian govt is one of the less corrupt countries in SEA. Well, now i know better. They are no different.

  • Noel

    Now we’re even bullied by a smaller neighbor and ASEAN ally.  What’s happening to the Phl ?


    was marcos right when he wanted to get sabah from malaysia? he was right because it is Philippine territory historically and morally. only the colonialist triple faced evil uk and us who decided what belongs to whom. that sabah minister must be tried by all kinds of philippine courts including the kangaroo court and to be shot on sight.

  • dennis

    It´s all in the hand of our President! The only way is for Pnoy to talk in a “one on one or close door meeting between him and Prime Minister of Malaysia.Pnoy MUST VOICE IT OUT in World Economic Forum that SCAMMERS are the potential sources like Manuel Amalilio as a dangerous treat to Economic imbalances which may also a treat as a “Financial Lord” to Terrorism! The World will now focus their attention to this illegal investment scammers and they will TAGGED Amalilio as a terrorist and a worldwide manhunt will start! It will leave the Malaysian Government as NO CHOICE but to release Manuel Amalilio due to harboring criminals like him.

  • dennis

    Just FREEZE their account (Aman Futures).You can present his account to FBI or CIA that it was used for terrorism.This will force Amalilio to get out from his cave.

  • Reynaldo Quijada

    The attitude of the Malaysian authorities towards our NBI agents who have taken custody of Amarillo from the Malaysian police is a consequence of their low regard for the Philippines which can not even impose its sovereignty over Sabah which legally and historically belongs to us. we should put our acts together and prosper as a people to gain the respect of our neighbors like Malaysia and China. Japan despite having been destroyed by World War ll rose from ruins and while China bullies its neighbors including us, China respects Japan.  

  • Jojo

    minsan kaawaawa tlaga tau pagdating sa ibang bansa lalo na sa ngyayari na e2 sa ating mga opisyales para bang batang binawian ng candy ng walang dahilan pagka tapos nakatanga lang tau sa kawalan yan ang ngyari sa ating mga opisyales na ipinadala doon sa sabah.. tsk ..tsk..

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