Chessbase has the juice on this apparent "scandal". They quote an open letter from GM Filippov.
We arrived at Kuala Lumpur on the 12th May, took a taxi and were at the Philippine embassy at 9:30 a.m. After submitting our documents, we heard back that we have to wait for five days. My claim that I had e-mailed documents and invitations a week ago was met with an open lie that they had received nothing, later replaced with "your documents were late anyway."
What can I say but welcome to Philippine bureaucracy! Read more here.