'Amalilio repatriation move up to DFA, DOJ'

Posted at 01/28/13 4:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines - National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Nonnatus Caesar Rojas today admitted that efforts to bring home Aman Futures head Manuel Amalilio was "out of their level."

The NBI official said they are now waiting for developments from the foreign affairs and justice departments before making their next move.

"Wala pang official declaration kung bakit last minute pinigilan yung pag-alis niya. Pero bilang respeto, kailangang pairalin yung sarili nilang proseso doon. Nasa mataas na level na yan," he said.

The NBI director said they have received information that Amalilio was also facing cases in Malaysia but clarified that these reports still have to be confirmed.

"Umaasa pa rin tayo na temporary setback lang ito. Handa ang buong NBI na ipatupad ang anumang utos na pagpapauwi kay Amalilio kapag naayos na," he said.

Amalilio, founder and head of Aman Futures Group, is facing several cases of syndicated estafa before the Pagadian Regional Trial Court for duping thousands of Filipinos in an investment scam.

He was arrested in Kota Kinabalu last week after fleeing the Philippines at the height of the scam

Amalilio was all set to board a Cebu Pacific plane at the Kota Kinabalu airport Friday night when a senior Malaysian official stopped him.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas claimed it was chief minister of Sabah, Musa Aman, who stopped Amalilio from getting on the plane.

Meanwhile, Rojas said the NBI is already finalizing a report on the Atimonan shooting. He declined to give an exact date when the results will be made available.