Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima Wednesday maintained her silence on efforts of the government to bring back Aman Futures Group Philippines, Inc. founder Emmanuel Amalilio, Jr. to the country.
However, De Lima mentioned media reports as among the reasons why Amalilio's deportation was prevented by Malaysian authorities last Friday.
Amalilio is the alleged mastermind behind the P12-billion pyramiding scam that duped 15,000 victims in Visayas and Mindanao.
He was arrested in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for possession of fraudulent Malaysian passport and identification card Tuesday last week.
Amalilio was supposed to return to the country last Friday evening but Malaysian authorities stopped him from boarding the plane back to the Philippines.
"If you are asking for updates on Amalilio, I beg your understanding and indulgence but we cannot be sharing those information at this point," De Lima Wednesday said in an ambush interview.
"We are undertaking steps both diplomatic and mutual police cooperation to ensure we can get him (Amalilio). As to time frame, we do not want to make any commitment and we cannot be sharing those information," De Lima said.