• Malaysia holds on to Filipino scammer

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    DESPITE the Malaysian government refusal to extradite Manuel Amalilio to the Philippines, the Department of Justice (DOJ) still plans to appeal to Kuala Lumpur to hand over to Manila the man allegedly behind the P12-billion Aman Futures pyramiding scam.

    Amalilio is facing multiple syndicated estafa charges in the Philippines after he victimized thousands of Filipinos in the Visayas and Mindanao.

    According to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, a DOJ legal team is scrutinizing the possibility of the Philippine government formally requesting the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs to extradite Amalilio.

    “[We are still trying to know the] reasons behind it [denial of the extradition request]. We want to get… a written order or a written decision [for us to be able to know the reasons why extradition proceedings were discontinued].     [We are studying the matter]. [First of all, we will try to know if the DOJ can make the Malaysian government reconsider its decision to reject the extradition plea]. [We are hoping that such option under Malaysian laws is available to us],” de Lima said.

    The Justice secretary expressed disgust over the denial of Manila’s extradition request, saying she was “actually disappointed” about it.

    She argued that Amalilio should face Philippine courts and have his day to present his case.

    “We are committed to exert means on how to really make Amalilio face our justice system, for him to account for his alleged crimes,” de Lima said.

    Amalilio went to Malaysia after a raft of criminal charges were filed against him before the DOJ.

    De Lima said while there exists no extradition treaty between the Philippines and Malaysia, the DOJ still requested his extradition, citing Malaysian extradition laws.

    Amalilio was arrested in Malaysia and was sentenced there to a two-year jail term for violations of Malaysia’s passport laws but has since been released.

    A Malaysian citizen, he is reportedly a nephew of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman.

    Amalilio fled the Philippines for Sabah in November 2012 after President Benigno Aquino 3rd ordered his arrest.

    The Philippines came close to capturing him last year but was stopped by Malaysian authorities at the last minute.

    WITH BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON

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    1. Like I keep saying, other nations DO NOT treat the Philippines as equals rather they consider the Philippines as an inferior sovereign state and that it is simply just a source of cheap peon labor and prostitutes nothing more nothing less. I saw the Oct 22nd episode of 24Oras where the German fiancé of the murdered Jeffrey Laude climbed over the fence of the compound where the murder suspect Pemberton was transferred to. In the video when one of the AFP MP’s tried to block his path, the German asshole shoved the MP! And to think that the MP is inside of the headquarters of the AFP in the heart of Quezon City in the nation of the Philippines!!! How can a foreign national who is visiting the Philippines get away with assaulting a Filipino soldier inside of the AFP’s main camp??? The MP should have smashed the face of that disrespectful and arrogant German! This is another example of why foreigners treat Filipinos as inferiors – they get away with just about anything right smack in the Philippines!!!!