Aquino to invoke int'l treaty shared by ASEAN countries

November 15, 2012 11:11 pm 

TAGAYTAY CITY, Nov. 15 — President Benigno S. Aquino III will invoke an international treaty shared by members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

This has reference to the extradition of a Filipino-Malaysian wanted for allegedly duping hundreds of Filipinos of their hard earned savings by enticing them to invest in a multi-level marketing company he put up.

In an interview at the sidelines of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas 38th Top Level Management Conference held here Thursday, the President said the ASEAN Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty could be invoked to bring back Aman Futures Group, Incorporated founder Manuel Amalilio to the Philippines to face charges.

Amalilio was reportedly spotted in Malaysia after fleeing the country.

“Actually, sa ASEAN, merong tinatawag na MLAT, iyong Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. We can invoke that,” the President said.

He added that the National Bureau of Investigation has been coordinating with its counterparts in Malaysia in searching for Amalilio.

“Pero ganun pa man po, kailangan nating mailagay, madala sa bars of justce itong mga taong ito at iyon na nga po hinahanap nating lahat itong involved at nandoon pa rin tayo, kailangan nating dumaan doon sa proseso na may mga preliminary investigation bago pa pumutok itong isyung ito na on going tungo sa pagpa-file ng information para mabigyan tayo ng Korte ng hold order saka mga warrant of arrest,” the President said. (PNA)

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