Palace backs news blackout on Amalilio

Posted at 01/30/2013 6:29 PM | Updated as of 01/30/2013 6:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang supports a proposal to impose a news blackout to facilitate efforts to bring back Aman Futures founder, Manuel Amalilio.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said it is "prudent" for the government not to disclose details that may compromise an ongoing effort.

"Operationally, it's not good for us to be telegraphing what we are doing insofar as a particular operation is concerned. I suppose it is prudent for us to not disclose every step of an operation. So… mas mabuti siguro na hindi muna kami magsasalita kung ano ang hakbang na ginagawa natin tungkol diyan kasi baka magkaroon ng misunderstanding,” he told reporters in a press conference.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima earlier said it would be best to keep sensitive operations under wraps.

The government earlier offered several theories as to why Malaysian authorities halted the deportation of Amalilio. De Lima said Amalilio may also be facing raps there.

“Kung sa sarili nating bansa, may mga operations tayo na hindi natin dini-disclose sa bawat stage ng operation, siguro lalo na kung involved ang isang bansa or another country. So it would be best for us siguro not to comment on any ongoing operation as a matter of practice and as a matter of procedure,” Lacierda said.