Philippines won't question Amalilio conviction in Malaysia

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

MANILA -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the government does not plan to question the conviction of investment scam leader Manuel Amalilio in Malaysia for possession of fake Philippine passport.

"At the outset, I wish to underscore that our government respects the laws, legal processes and legal system of our Asean neighbor, Malaysia. We do not question now, nor do we intend to question in the future, the wisdom and validity of such processes and system in convicting the fugitive (Amalilio) under Malaysian laws," she said in a statement on Wednesday.

Amalilio can be turned over to Philippine authorities once he will be able to serve his two-year sentence by 2015 as de Lima promised that the government will still find ways to "bring him before the bar of justice in our country."

She said representatives of both countries are talking on how to deal with this development, noting that Kuala Lumpur is fully aware of Manila's own quest of giving justice to thousands of people who were gypped by the Aman Futures Group Philippines, Inc. founded by Amalilio.

According to Malaysian news reports, Amalilio's fake passport was discovered by policemen when he was about to board a plane bound for Manila at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport last January 25.

He is currently at the male medical ward of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu undergoing treatment for a supposed liver ailment.

In Manila, Amalilio's co-accused have asked the Supreme Court to order the transfer of the venue of the syndicated estafa case filed against them from the Pagadian Regional Trial Court to any court in Manila.

Aman Futures president Fernando Luna and wife, Nimfa, both respondents in the P12-billion investment scam case, claimed that there is imminent danger for all the accused in the syndicated estafa case should the trial in Pagadian RTC commence.

The couple cited reports from government operatives that some investors are plotting to kill them or kidnap their children for ransom, in retaliation. They further claimed that their house in Pagadian City was even ransacked by unknown persons, whom they can only assume to be disgruntled investors gypped of their money by Aman.

The Lunas are currently detained at the NBI headquarters in Manila. (Virgil Lopez/Gerard Hugo/Sunnex)

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