No delay in Amalilio's return: PH envoy
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- Manuel Amalilio, founder and owner of Aman Futures Group Philippines Inc., is scheduled to be flown to Manila Friday night from Malaysia where he was arrested, authorities said.
Amalilio, along with four agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), will be arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 7:45 p.m.
The NBI team was sent to Kota Kinabalu at dawn on Thursday for the turnover of Amalilio who was nabbed by Malaysian immigration officers on Tuesday for carrying a fake passport and ID.
In an interview with radio dzMM, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said once Amalilio sets foot in the country, he will be served a warrant of arrest in connection with the syndicated estafa charges filed against him.
Amalilio will then be detained at the NBI headquarters in Manila pending his presentation before the Pagadian City trial court, which is hearing syndicated estafa cases against him and several others.
"Pagdating dito sa bansa, may pormalidad na i-seserve sa kanya 'yung arrest warrant. Matapos niyan ay i-tuturnover siya sa NBI," Roxas said.
He said authorities have already ensured Amalilio's security, noting that many of the investors he victimized are angry at him.
"Napakarami ang galit sa kanya. May mga threaths siya eh. Sisiguraduhin natin na orderly ang kanyang pagdating, ang kanyang pag-turnover hanggang makarating sa custody ng NBI," he said.
From NAIA, he will wear a bullet proof vest and board a bullet proof vehicle until he reaches the NBI detention cell.
PH to gain custody of Amalilio before boarding plane
Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya, meanwhile, assured there will be no delay in the arrival of Amalilio in Manila.
Speaking with ANC, Malaya said that while Amalilio has yet to be formally turned over by the Royal Malaysian Police to Philippine authorities, he guaranteed that the Philippines will gain custody of Amalilio before he boards the plane.
Malaya said the Philippine embassy's police attache Senior Supt. Charlo Collado is the one coordinating with Malaysian authorities for Amalilio's turnover, which is expected to happen this afternoon.
He added Collado will be the one to board Amaliio on the plane.
"There is no delay in the scheduled return of Amalilio that is set today," Malaya said.
"The handover will be done at the airport just before Amalilio gets to board the plane. The reason for that is while he is in a local territory, it will be the local authorities to hold Amalilio... Just before he boards the plane to the Philippines, his Philippine escorts will have custody of him," he added.
Malaya said they have yet to receive an official report from Malaysian authorities regarding the arrest of Amalilio.
"What is important is that there has been a decision by the Malaysian Police to take custody of him to turn over to us for Amalilio to face charges before Philippine Courts," he said.
Aman Futures reportedly duped thousands of investors, including teachers and pastors, in the Visayas and Mindanao for a collective amount of P12 billion. -- With reports from Noel Alamar and Alex Calda, dzMM; With ANC