MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima would rather keep Coco Rasuman, accused of an investment scam amounting to over a billion pesos, at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila for his own safety.
De Lima bared that the move to bring Rasuman to NBI Manila stemmed from numerous threats he has been receiving from alleged duped investors of his investment firm. He has sought protective custody from state forces since August.
Rasuman was arrested on Tuesday by a combined force of the NBI, police, and military operatives from his Marawi City residence.
The arrest was ordered by a Cagayan De Oro City (CDO) trial court hearing the syndicated estafa charge against him and several others.
"Mas safe dito... nandoon mga galit na investors... preferred ng NBI and government authorities, dito na muna because of the highly volatile situation [in the South]," De Lima said.
The NBI will submit with the CDO trial court a return of warrant and await the court's commitment order on where to detain Rasuman.