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DOJ lawyers to start process of Amalilio extradition

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MANUEL AMALILIO Contributed photo

MANILA, Philippines – Lawyers from the Department of Justice would fly to Malaysia to formally start the process of extraditing Manuel Amalilio for allegedly swindling 15 million Filipinos of P12 billion in an investment scam, Malacañang said Sunday.

Undersecretary Abigail Valte, deputy presidential spokesperson, debunked reports quoting Malaysian officials as saying that Kuala Lumpur would not extradite Amalilio since he is a Malaysian citizen.

“That’s inaccurate because first of all our state counsels from the DOJ were about to go [to Malaysia] to formally start the extradition process,’’ Valte said over government-run dzRB.

Even though Malaysia has no extradition treaty with the Philippines, Malaysian law allows extradition under “certain processes,’’ Valte pointed out.

In a statement in Malaysia’s Star newspaper Saturday, Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail said Malaysia would not extradite Amalilio, aka Mohammad Kamal, because he is a Malaysian citizen holding a valid and active identification card.

Gani said that the Attorney General’s Chambers had received a formal request from the Philippines’ Department of Justice to hand over Amalilio to the Philippines under the Asean Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, and freeze his asset.

A team of Philippine law enforcers was about to board a plane to Manila with the fugitive on Jan. 25 when they were stopped by senior Malaysian police officials. Amalilio was returned to police custody and subsequently convicted and sentenced for fraud by a Kota Kinabalu court.

Quoting Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Valte said that Malaysian authorities had frozen Amalilio’s assets.

“The assets have been frozen,’’ she said in the radio interview.

De Lima on Saturday confirmed the freezing of Amalilio’s assets following talks between Philippine officials, including Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar and Ambassador Eduardo Malaya, and Gani.

After the meeting in Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday, the Attorney General, who also chairs the high-level task force administering the freezing of assets of suspected criminals in Malaysia, ordered the freezing of Amalilio’s assets, including company shares, stocks and land assets, De Lima said.

“We made a formal request for such freezing and other forms of assistance under the Asean MLAT,’’ De Lima said.

After the talks, both parties agreed that the Philippines could have Amalilio extradited to Manila even before he could fully serve his two-year sentence, and that pending his extradition, he would be kept in jail, and both sides could work out possible access by Philippine police and prosecutors to him.


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  • malek_abdul

    On an earlier article of PDI it says Malaysia will not extradite Amalilio because he’s a Malaysian. Now this article is telling that “DOJ lawyers to start process of Amalilio extradition”. Ang tanong: Is Amalilio a Filipino or Malaysian? Can the government really bring back Amalilio to the Philippines? You know a lot of people who are victims of Aman Futures are patiently waiting for Amalilio’s return to the Philippines. Please don’t give false hope to these people. Some of the victims are my relatives. Tell the real score!

    • kanoy

       HE IS MALAYSIAN,,,,NO THEY CAN NOT BRING HIM BACK,,,THIS GUY BELOW WAS A US CITIZEN YET THE RP REFUSED TO SEND THE MURDERER BACK & THE US COULD NOT TOUCH HIM HERE

      Philippine court rejects US extradition request

      The Court of Appeals has rejected a US request to extradite a
      Filipino-American businessman charged with conspiring to kill his wife
      to collect $300,000 in insurance money in California

      • isellnuts

         There is a extradition treaty between the Philippines and US and there had been in the past cases wherein convicted felon had been extradited. Most likely the pinoy guy who also american citizenship will be extradited sooner or later.

      • kanoy

        OH YEA I THINK WE MADE THE DEAL WITH THE RP IN 1994,,,,BUT AS SO MANY TIMES IN THE 1 JUDGE NO JURY RP JOKE OF A JUSTICE SYSTEM ,,PART OF THAT $300,000=P12 MILLION TASA COLLECTED OFF HIS WIFE DEATH WENT TO PAY OFF THE JUDGE AND I AGREE WITH THE D.A. ITS OVER,,,I HOPE THEY CONFISCATED HIS HOUSE CARS & THE LA MESA TACO JOINT & GAVE IT TO BECKYS BROTHER
        I ALSO HOPE SABAH KEEPS THIS AMALILIOA AND HE NEVER RETURNS HERE,,,,SWEET REVENGE
        unlikely.”The extradition case is over at this point,”

  • Hey_Dudes

    I think before government starts wasting money just like that government agency spending millions of money running after questionable Marcos money around the world, it might as well kiss this effort goodbye.  Malaysia had already stated their criminal citizen will stay in Malaysia regardless what the Philippine government wants to do.

    Save the money unless these lawyers wants to go sight seeing again.

  • opinyonlangpo

    As I understand, it is the Malaysian government that conned the Filipino people out of their hard earned money. Obviously they won’t let Amanlilio return to the Philippines to spit out the truth. Just ask the Malaysian leadership of their relationship to Amanlilio.

    • kanoy

       HAHA>>>>their hard earned money????

      CUT US SOME SLACK,,,,15000 INTO P12 BILLION=P800,000 EACH,,,MALAYSIA STOLE FROM A BUNCH OF RICH CROOKS,,,,HARD WORKING IS THE POOR MASSA WHO BUY PASALOADS & SACHET….THEY DON’T HAVE P800,000 IN THEIR SOCK DRAWER

      • opinyonlangpo

        For some it was hard earned, some from loans, retirement funds, but the bulk  of the billions probably came from embezzled funds.  You are right.

      • kanoy

         i was thinking of the retirement pension my 83 yr old in law draws and what kind of loan she may qualify for with her P3000 a month sum…..not much at 83

      • opinyonlangpo

        The bank will think ten times before granting her a loan, at sixty five it is already difficult to get a five year loan unless there is a collateral for it.

      • kanoy

         LOL ONLY IN THE RP ARE YOU TOO OLD AT 26-28 TO WAIT ON TABLES,,,FLIP BURGERS…CASHIER,,,TELLER,,,,STOCK BOY,,,,BUT AT 70+ BE A SENATOR SC JUDGE CONGRESSMAN AMBASSADOR PRESIDENT

  • regd

    See, now I’m confused. Didn’t the Malaysian authorities in the first place caught him for holding a fake ID? How come all of a sudden he magically transformed into one of it’s citizen?

    • kanoy

       HE ALWAYS WAS A CITIZEN,,,,THE PHILIPPINES AND IT.S DOUBLE STANDARDS GOT A KICK IN THE A$$ AND ARE CRYING  BOO HOO
      ALL THEIR EVIDENCE IS PURELY CIRCUMSTANTIAL

      Philippine court rejects US extradition request

      The Court of Appeals has rejected a US request to extradite a
      Filipino-American businessman charged with conspiring to kill his wife
      to collect $300,000 in insurance money in California.

      The appellate court said the United States “failed to
      sufficiently establish, such strong and convincing evidence” for the
      Philippines to extradite Abelardo Tasa.

      The US “merely harped on what perceived to be circumstantial
      evidence,” the appellate court said in a 21-page decision, upholding the
      ruling of the Manila City Regional Trial Court.

      • PCD_2012

        Hey KaHoy, before posting nonsense in here could you please give yourself a favor?  Do your own research first before commenting because not everyone reading in here is as stupid as you are!

        According to a Malaysian Law, once you receive a foreign passport, you automatically lose citizenship, article 24 under the federal constitution states that if a citizen applies for a foreign passport, the government may deprive that person of his citizenship. – As revealed by Malaysian Officials who just visited the PH for a fact-finding mission.

      • kanoy

         OPEN WIDE….WIDER…WIDER…THERE THAT SHOULD BE BIG ENOUGH NOT ONLY FOR YOUR FOOT,,,BUT YOUR WHOLE FRIGGING LEG….A FAKE PASSPORT IS NOT A PASSPORT AT ALL 
        PASSPORTS ARE ISSUED BY GOVERNMENTS,,,FAKES ARE NOT
        SO THIS……
        According to a Malaysian Law, once you receive a foreign passport, you automatically lose citizenship
        NEVER HAPPENED HE WAS BORN IN THE RP,,,,HE GOT ASYLUM FOR SOME OF THAT P12 BILLION JUST LIKE THE PHILIPPINES GAVE TASA ASYLUM FOR SOME OF THAT $300,000

        JAIL TIME Aman head Manuel
        Amalilioa two years in prison for carrying a
        fraudulently obtained Philippine passport.

        It was the chief minister of Sabah

        Roxas explained that under Malaysia’s
        federal system of government, the chief minister of Sabah is “more
        powerful than a governor.”

        GET OUT!!

        A source from the Philippine team said
        that tension rose at Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Friday
        when a man who was a supposedly high-ranking Malaysian police
        official barged into the room where the Philippine delegation, with
        Amalilio in custody, were waiting for their flight and ordered the
        Filipinos to get out.

        GO HOME!!

        “But the Malaysian, in a raised
        voice, insisted we could not have Amalilio. At the same time, another
        official, who was also inside the room, ordered us to leave the room
        where Amalilio was being detained,”

        IRRELEVENT!!

        “We are working on the basis that he
        is a Filipino and we have all the documents to prove his Filipino
        citizenship,”

        THIS MAN IS A US CITIZEN!!

        Philippine court rejects US extradition
        request

        The Court of Appeals has rejected a US
        request to extradite a Filipino-American businessman charged with
        conspiring to kill his wife to collect $300,000 in insurance money in
        California

        DONT LET THE RP HAVE AMALILIOA!!!

        Tasa’s wife, Rebecca, was found
        strangled and stabbed on the doorstep of their suburban San Diego
        home after an apparent burglary in 1992.But the crime scene
        looked “staged,” and investigators soon learned that Tasa
        may have been having marital difficulties because of his apparent
        sexual interest in men, according to a court declaration by a San
        Diego County sheriff’s officer.A month before his wife’s
        murder, Tasa took out life insurance policies on her worth $300,000;
        Tasa flew to his native Philippines after collecting that money,
        court records show.Authorities eventually charged Tasa with
        hiring two of his Taco Time employees to kill Rebecca, a nurse known
        for her kindness to family members. Both employees ultimately were
        convicted and imprisoned.A 2005 federal warrant said the two
        killers and other witnesses made statements implicating Tasa in the
        murder scheme. That year, FBI agents and their Filipino counterparts
        traced him to the city of Kalibo on Panay Island in the Philippines.
        There, Tasa was working as the managing officer for a preschool, a
        federal warrant said.Filipino authorities arrested Tasa a
        year later, court records show. But in August 2011, the Filipino
        Court of Appeals denied the extradition request after ruling that the
        U.S. “merely harped on … circumstantial evidence” linking
        Tasa to the murder.”I’m speechless,” Rebecca’s
        brother Ferdinand Ellazar said upon learning of the court decision
        from reporters last week. “This person should not be anywhere
        except in jail.”A U.S. trial for Tasa, now 65, seems
        unlikely.”The extradition case is over at this point,”
        said San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Brent Neck. “The
        Philippine court made their decision, and we have to respect it.”

      • PCD_2012

        How did you know that it was a fake when they didn’t even consult the Philippine’s Foreign Affairs or the government who issued the passport???  He’s been using that passport every time he travels abroad!  He’s married to a Filipina and living in the Philippines.  He has all the legal documents that points that he’s a citizen of the Philippines.

        If he was born in RP then he’s a Filipino, however he was born in Beaufort, Malaysia according to Malaysian officials.  Either way he automatically lose his Malaysian Citizenship by fraud and using other foreign passport which is stated under their constitution.  Don’t post nonsense Kahoy when you didn’t know something about it!

        If he was given asylum (seems the only valid reason) that’s the biggest mistake of Sabah’s politicians if it is true.  Things are heating up in Malaysia regarding this…. linking Musa Aman as the protector of the conman or he’s the real mastermind behind the Aman Futures Group! Will see the development of this in the coming days, especially that it is an election time in Malaysia right now, his political opponents will extract the truth out of him in due time.

        This case is totally different from the US issue that you’re trying to point out since the Malaysian authorities were the one who contacted their Philippine counterparts to get Amalilio and deport him back to the PH and not the other way around.

        They’d handed him to the NBI team upon verifying all the pertaining documents however 10 minutes before they were supposed to leave, the problem arised due to a high official’s intervention.  

        The high official turned out to be Musa Aman the Chief Minister of Sabah who denied first that Amalilio wasn’t his relative but later on admitted that he is his Nephew.  Musa Aman is allegedly one of the corrupt politicians in Malaysia due to his participation in illegal money laundering connected to his logging activities in Sabah. 

        So there you go at least now you have a little idea of what’s going on behind all of this issue.  Next time read more references before talking irresponsibly in here.

        With your comments it seems that you are connected with the conman, ha Kahoy?

      • kanoy

        HUMMM ROCKET SCIENTIST QUESTION….LETS SEE THIS IS A HARD ONE,,,,HOW DO WE KNOW HE HAD A FAKE PASSPORT? GEEE HUMMM MAYBE THE 2 YEARS HE WAS SENTENCED TO JAIL GAVE US A CLUE?
        I HOPE HE GOES TO SABAH WHERE HE WILL BE PROTECTED FROM EXTRADITION LIKE THE PHILIPPINES PROTECTED THE FILIPINO AMERICAN MURDERER ”LARRY” TAMAS IN 2011
        YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW,,,NOW YOU CAN FEEL THE ANGUISH OF JUSTICE DENIED,,,,GREAT!!!!
        >>>This case is totally different from the US issue that you’re trying to point out
        REALLY? YOU THINK SO? TELL THAT TO THE VICTIMS OF MURDER & THE VICTIMS OF FRAUD,,,,JUSTICE DENIED IS JUSTICE DENIED

    • isellnuts

       NOT a fake ID but a fake Philippine passport that is why he was convicted and sentenced to serve two years in jail.

      Malaysians cannot hold dual citizenship so Amalilio is a Malaysian national.

      You know anything can be bought here in the Philippines so long as you pay.

  • joshua kings

    the longer prosecution of this case takes, the lesser the chances of recovering the billions in pesos that this swindler took from many investors….
    meantime, his stolen money will be put to work to extricate himself.

  • PCD_2012

    @kanoy:disqus @isellnuts:disqus @regd:disqus

    Let me share this intriguing article about the Amalilio’s Conspiracy theory written by “Malaysia-Chronicle”.

    Najib, Musa eye alleged RM1bil cash stash for General Election 2013? Malaysia refuses to deport Amalilio

    There is growing public anger among Philippine Muslims in the south as well as among outraged Malaysians in Sabah state against Prime Minister Najib Razak, his Umno party and colleague Musa Aman, who have been accused of eyeing the hundreds of millions allegedly amassed by Manuel Amalilio – wanted in the Philippines over a failed Ponzi sheme – and hence were blocking his deportation to face a Filipino court.

    “We are talking about 12 billion pesos which is nearly RM1 billion. The majority of the 15,000 families scammed by Amalilio are mostly poor Muslims from the Philippines south. Their savings have been wiped out and they want justice. There is also speculation the money Amalilio took from them will be used to fund Musa and Umno in the coming general election. It is not surprising they want action,” PKR MP for Batu Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

    Tian, togther with Subang Member of Parliament Sivarasa Rasiah and PKR partymate Darrell Leiking, had just returned from Manila after a one-day visit, where they had held talks with high-level Philippine officials.

    The status of Amalilio’s citizenship, his sudden and suspicious arrest by Sabah police have become hot issues in both countries where both Najib and his Phillippine counterpart Benigno Nonoy Acquino face imminent general elections.

    High-level conspiracy

    Malaysia is expected to hold its 13th general election within weeks and Sabah is a pivotal state that Najib’s Umno-BN coalition needs to retain to stave off a resurgent Opposition led by Anwar Ibrahim.

    Meanwhile, Philippines is due to hold its 2013 general election on May 13. Unlike Najib, Acquino’s position is not at risk, but even so he cannot afford to be seen to be soft on Muslim interests. However, political watchers say the Philippine president also does not want to antagonize Najib, who can undermine the ongoing Moro peace process.

    As for the embattled Najib, he is pulling out all stops to cover up the Amalilio scandal partly to appease Musa, the Sabah Chief Minister who holds the key to the outcome of the Sabah polls where 25 seats in the federal Parliament and 60 in the state assembly are up for grabs.

    “There is a high level of conspiracy in the whole matter involving Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, who is Amalilio’s uncle, and the Malaysian authorities in the matter. The bigger crime was carried out in Philippines and Amalilio should therefore not be held here in Malaysia,” said Tian.

    • PCD_2012

      Lack of credibility

      Indeed, the entire episode has been shrouded with controversy and it is difficult for the Malaysian side to appear credible given the slew of conflicting statements issued by their authorities including Sabah police chief Hamza Taib, who had staunchly rejected the claim that Amalilio was related to Musa.

      Yet days after the official denial from the police, Anwar’s statement that he knew “for a fact” Amalilio was related to Musa forced the Chief Minister to finally admit the connection.

      “Yes, his mother is Musa’s first cousin. Amalilio’s real name is Kamal bin Sa’ad, born in Beaufort, Sabah. The mother is Zubaidah Omar, cousin of Chief Minister Musa Aman. Haji Aman (Musa’s father) and Haji Omar (Zubaidah’s father) are brothers,” Anwar had detailed.

      Sabah police were also accused of lying over the circumstances of Amalilio’s arrest, when they claimed that he had nothing to do with the Ponzi scam in the Philippines that had led President Aquino to order his arrest.

      Amalilio was tracked down in an Interpol operation and was due to be brought back to face his accusers by agents of the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation. However, Sabah police arrested Amalilio on January 25 at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, stopping Amalilio from boarding a Cebu Pacific plane, accusing him of obtaining a false Philippine passport.

      Days later, a Malaysian Magistrate’s Court hurriedly and controversially sentenced Amalilio to two years in prison for fraudulently obtaining a Philippine passport. Malaysian prosecutors identified Amalilio as 47-year-old Malaysian citizen Mohammad Kamal Sa’ad, prompting talk that this was yet another high-level Umno maneuver to block his deportation.

      “He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in jail,” said Subang MP Sivarasa, who urged Najib not to delay in ordering a thorough probe.

      • PCD_2012

        The Musa-Anifah-Gani trinity?

        However, it looks like Najib is determined to support Musa, who is also backed up by Malaysia’s powerful Attorney-General Gani Patail.

        According to Philippine News, Gani issued a statement a day ago confirming that the Philippine Embassy had requested for Amalilio’s extradition. Gani said Amalilio was a Malaysian citizen, and as such, would not be handed over to the Philippine authorities. He also placed a freeze on all Amalilio’s assets in Malaysia.

        “This looks like the Sabah trinity at work again. They are polluting Malaysia’s image and making us the laughing stock of the world by disrespcting our own laws,” PKR senior leader Tan Kee Kwong told Malaysia Chroni1cle, referring to Musa, his brother Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and Gani who have often been accused of political collusion. and corruption cover-ups.



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