MANILA - Aman Futures founder Manuel Amalilio simply knows too much, which is why, once brought back to the country, he will be considered a high-risk detainee, according to Justice Sec. Leila De Lima.
Speaking to reporters at the justice department on Friday, De Lima said that apart from threats coming from alleged duped investors of Amalilio's firm, Amalilio's life may also be at risk because he knows all the VIPs who purportedly invested money in his double-your-money scheme.
"He knows a lot; he would know exactly who these investors are. Based on the investigation of the NBI... may mga VIPs, may matataas na tao sa lugar na yun, not just in Pagadian City, but nearby cities and municipalities, not just Zamboanga Del Sur, but nearby provinces," she said.
Amalilio, who was nabbed in Kota Kinabalu on Tuesday by Malaysian authorities, is set to be turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday. The NBI sent 4 agents to Kota Kinabalu to formally receive Amalilio and seek physical custody of him.
Amalilio will be served his arrest warrant for charges of syndicated estafa once he is on Philippine soil. He will be detained at the NBI headquarters in Manila under "appropriate security measures."
His co-accused and fellow Aman Futures officers Fernando R. Luna, Nimfa C. Luna, Lelian Lim Gan, Eduard L. Lim, Wilanie L. Fuentes, Naezelle M. Rodriguez, Lurix Lopez, Dhurwin Wenceslao and Donna Coyme are under the custody of the NBI and have yet to be presented to the Pagadian City trial court.
The trial court ordered their commitment to the local detention facility in Pagadian City while the cases are being heard.
"Doon sa mga co-accused ni Mr. Amalilio na nandiyan na lahat sa NBI, nag-file daw kasi ng motion ang mga abugado nila na kung pupwede dito lang talaga sila sa NBI at huwag sa local detention facility sa Pagadian.
"Understandably, because of security concerns. So the NBI is just awaiting the court's ruling or resolution sa mga motion na yan. In fact, our prosecutors did not object to those motions kasi mukha namang valid ang rason nila," De Lima said.
Malaysian authorities informed the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur of Amalilio's arrest on the ground of possession of a fake Malaysian passport and identification card.