No delay in Amalilio's return: PH envoy

Posted at Jan 25 2013 03:30 PM | Updated as of Jan 25 2013 11:30 PM

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MANILA, Philippines -- There will be no delay in the arrival of Manuel Amalilio, founder and owner of Aman Futures Group Philippines Inc., in Manila, Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya assured on Friday.

Speaking to ANC, Malaya said that while Amalilio has yet to be 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 to Manila.

Amalilio was nabbed by Malaysian immigration officers on Tuesday for carrying a fake passport and ID.

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. Amalilio, along with the four agents of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) sent to Kota Kinabalu last Tuesday, will be arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 7:45 p.m.

"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.

Upon arrival at the airport, Amalilio will be served a warrant of arrest in connection with the syndicated estafa charges against him.

Amalilio will then be officially turned over to the NBI and be detained at the NBI headquarters in Manila, pending his presentation before the Pagadian City trial court which is handling several cases of syndicated estafa against him.

Authorities have already ensured Amalilio's security, noting that many of the investors he victimized are angry at him.

Aman Futures reportedly duped thousands of investors, including teachers and pastors, in the Visayas and Mindanao for a collective amount of P12 billion.

ANC Dateline Philippines, January 25, 2013