No need for Aquino to call Malaysia leader, says Palace


Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

There is no need for President Aquino to call up Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and ask for the release of fugitive Manuel Amalilio to Philippine authorities because foreign affairs and justice officials could work this out on their own, Malacañang said Monday.

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

Officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of Justice are closely coordinating with their Malaysian counterparts for the eventual repatriation of Amalilio, Lacierda said.

Amalilio is the founder of Aman Futures that is accused of defrauding investors.

Lacierda said he doubted the President would call Najib to facilitate Amalilio’s repatriation to face prosecution, “because we have a very good working relationship with our Malaysian counterparts.’’

He said the Philippines had a mutual legal assistance mechanism with its Southeast Asian neighbor.

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

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

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

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  • Edward Solilap

    Malasyan Authorities is more corrupt than our local Police just ask Amalilio personally when he arrive here in Philippines.  

    • RomyLitz

      Yep, from Abdul Najib down to their government janitors,ten times more corrupt and murderers than ours.

      • Benjamin Ismail

         bravo bravo you 2 are truly the most well read person in the whole wide world. No wonder Malaysian are living so much better now

      • Joe_Cruz

        Are Malaysians really more corrupt than Filipinos? At least they own Sabah and employ a million Filipino workers and domestic helpers.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    I agree with the palace. There’s no need for Pnoy to call Najib the Malaysian leader. Instead, Pnoy should send the country’s best and brightest troubleshooter Mr. Palengke Mar Roxas. In fact, Pnoy even bestowed upon him the moniker Mr. Troubleshooter. Yun nga lang, Mar Roxas was sent to Taiwan in 2011 and only ended up offending the Taiwanese president even more.

    If not Mr. Troubleshooter Mar Roxas, sino pa ang pag-asa ng bayan?

    • kanoy



      British Prime Minister Cameron announced fresh guidance would be issued to prosecutors dealing with extradition cases after raising concerns with US President Barack Obama during a visit to America.


    • Joe_Cruz

      Vice President Binay would do a better job than Roxas.

  • RomyLitz

    Yep, what Malacanang should do as long term solution in dealing with very corrupt government like us should be to hire the services of retired Mossad agents and have our elite military men from PNP or PMA be trained to kidnap wanted criminals and plunderers. Malaysia’s leaders are at least ten times more corrupt than our congressmen or senators. They are also bunch of human traffickers and murderers like what they did to blown into pieces Mongolian model.

    • Benjamin Ismail

       you are absolutely right!!! thats why we have such a “rotten” country with no living standards. tisk tisk tisk truly a “genius” in your own rights

    • Joe_Cruz

      and that’s the reason why a million Filipinos have left the Philippines for Malaysia?  

    • citizenH

      Well, they could not find Lacson either when he fled to HK.  No amount of training of the police will suffice if the leadership doesn’t have the will and the  courage to locate, dislodge and bring to justice those who are fleeing from the law.

  • billy gunner

    what a d1ck! i’ve always thougt that aquino has got more balls than brains. now i learned he’s got no balls at all! WTF!

  • PCD_2012

    This news doesn’t even make a  noise in Malaysia!  We know where the suspect is, what the victims can do is to voice out their sentiments in the Malaysian Embassy in Manila in that way we can pressure their officials to provide us complete information on why he was stopped in their country?

    See below one of Malaysia’s online news who managed to shed some light on the issue:


    KOTA KINABALU: The police have arrested the suspected
    mastermind of a Philippine investment scam who fled to Sabah after allegedly
    cheating 15,000 Filipinos of nearly 12 billion pesos (RM895 million) last

    State Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said yesterday
    the police detained the man in Ranau on Thursday, January 24, but it was for
    possession of suspected fake Malaysian identity documents.

    He said the suspect, in his 40s, was arrested over “identity
    issues” and not the investment scam in the Philippines.

    There had been no official request by Manila police to Bukit
    Aman to arrest the man for the scam so far, said Hamza.

    Malaysia does not have an extradition treaty with the
    Philippines but if his Malaysian identity decument is suspect, he could be
    deported to the country.

  • disqusted0fu

    Why bother Pnoy? He is still tired from his vacation in Davos. Besides, he might just get embarrassed if the PM of Malaysia just turns down his request.

    Scam artist friends of Pnoy in the government are free and continuously doing what they do best. He doesn’t care about the fate of these other ones.

  • Your_King

    No need for Aquino to do any work. Even phone calls are too much of hassle for him. It seems that a billion pesos scam and finding and prosecuting its mastermind doesn’t warrant the President to even pick up his phone. Let everyone else do that work since that’s what he’s been doing anyway and when things go bad just like with the PAOCC just make an excuse and blame others and after making up excuses just make even more excuses.

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