De Lima refuses to get dragged into Amalilio’s family connections in Sabah


Justice Secretery Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Lest complications arise in the government’s bid to have Manuel Amalilio deported to the country, the Department of Justice is ignoring reports that the man behind a P12-billion investment scam is related to Sabah’s chief minister.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima insisted Amalilio, whose return from Malaysia was aborted at the last minute last month, was a Filipino and said she did “not want to be dwelling” on reports he was related to a top official of Sabah, where he had fled since last year to escape prosecution.

“I hope that you understand that my only mission, our only mission in so far as the Philippine authorities are concerned as directed by the President is to ensure the return of Mr. Amalilio here by whatever means legally possible and according to the principles of comity and reciprocity under international law because the Philippines and Malaysia are friendly nations,” she told reporters.

The justice secretary said her office would not want to be dragged into controversies that “might complicate” things.

She stressed the documents on Amalilio’s Filipino citizenship came from official sources and therefore, “there is a presumption of validity, of genuineness.”

De Lima also made it clear Amalilio’s nationality had never been an issue when authorities first coordinated for his deportation with their counterparts in Malaysia.

The justice secretary said that reports on Amalilio’s impending deportation had elicited the interest of some people.  She did not elaborate.

“We assure the people that we are taking steps and efforts towards that end of making sure that he faces the bar of justice before the Philippine justice system,” she said.

Most of Amalilio’s co-accused in syndicated estafa cases filed in connection with the Aman pyramid scam are now in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Meanwhile, the panel of special prosecutors tasked to handle the Aman cases have started preliminary investigation hearings on complaints filed against Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co. But Co and his lawyer did not show up in the first hearing on Jan. 30 held at the DOJ, according to Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela, who heads the special team of prosecutors.

Valenzuela said they have scheduled two more PI hearings on Feb. 7 and 13.

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  • EdgarEdgar

    Insisting that Amalilio is Filipino and not a Malaysian is not a strategy. Not unless Amalilio is physically in the Philippines already and we have him under control. There’s a reason why other countries don’t put a pig in charge of their Department of Justice. Because it doesn’t work. Leila de Lima looks like a pig, stinks like a pig and thinks like a pig. Pig-headed ideas are just about the only thing she’s capable of. Unfortunately for the pyramid scam victims, expecting justice to happen anytime soon is like wishing pigs can fly. Leila de Lima is a pig and she can’t fly.

    And when all else fails, Leila the pig will claim to be powerless. Just like she did when the pyramid scam first came crumbling down.

    • John Atm

       hala ka, pati mga bata na nangiisulto sa face book pinapatulan nyan … mas madali kasi yun kaysa kay Aman :) :)

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  • DakuAkongUtin

    Dapat malakas ang KayuNation sa Sabah pero mukhang sa mga Malayos na ito . Sayang ang langis na sana makukuha doon. Mukoy kasi si Makoy . Tapos ngayon nagmamatigas sa Tsina on the South China Sea. Yari kayo sa intsik, kaya ba ninyo ?

  • Jane Tan

    Stupid… With the head-start you gave him, you don’t think Amalilio could have pulled some strings with the billions of pesos he has?

    Even if he didn’t, expecting a country such as Malaysia to give-up a man who has billions of pesos and is willing to be a Malaysian is, as EdgarEdgar puts it, like wishing pigs can fly.

    Why don’t you just admit to the public that Amalilio has more funds at his disposal than your department, and is able to easily evade capture. Don’t waste anymore time bugging another country’s government about his nationality.

  • disqusted0fu

    Well, again mission failed Ms. De Lima. The only time she was successful in her mission that was directed by the President was when she immediately issued a HDO against GMA and disregarded a TRO from the SC. Other than that, what else has she been successful with?

  • graciano82

    Let’s alight on our high horse de Lima and use prudence as your mind’s tool to extradite Amalilio from Sabah and not your fecal alibis fit for the john to flush. The authorities thereat issued a law to be followed to the letter so comply but if you used your harebrained mind then justice for Amalilio won’t be served

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