Ruling on Aman Futures delayed till next year

Posted at 12/26/12 5:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The possible filing of charges versus Aman Futures Group Phils. Inc. led by Manuel Amalilio will be delayed anew, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said.

“There will be a delay, but it’s just a slight delay,” she told reporters in an interview.

A special panel probing the case reset the next hearing to Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. after Aman Board member Fernando Luna and his wife Nimfa asked to submit their counter-affidavits to the complaints filed by several investors.

They claimed they did not have enough time to answer the complaints, having received them only a few days before.

“They were given more time by the panel to comply (with the filing of answer). We are according them due process so they could not complain of any violation of due process later through petitions in the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court which could delay this case,” de Lima said.

Since the probe is expected to end Thursday, a resolution will have to wait until next year.

Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela, head of the special panel of DOJ conducting the preliminary investigation, earlier noted that no less than “the complainants agreed to this resetting.”

Earlier reports claimed Amalilio is hiding in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. The arrest warrant is needed in order that the International Police and the Malaysian government can assist in his arrest and return to the Philippines.