During the 80th anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), President Rodrigo Duterte warned the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to cooperate and provide the information asking by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Duterte hits the AMLC and called them as “part of the garbage that he resent”.
According to Inquirer, AMLC is mandated to implement the provisions of Republic Act 9160 or the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001. Its primary duty is to preserve the integrity and confidentiality of bank accounts and ensure that the Philippines shall not be used as a money laundering site for the proceeds of any unlawful activity.
Duterte said AMLC is not cooperating to the DOJ and they making it difficult to gather information related to the investigation of illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“The Secretary of Justice now said you are hard to deal with. You better go to the Secretary of Justice or I will go to you,” Duterte said.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the documents they received from the AMLC are still not enough and they are requesting for more.
Among the documents they are asking are those related to the alleged bank transactions of Senator Leila de Lima.
Duterte also asked why the AMLC failed to investigate the accusation of Senator Antonio Trillanes against him.
He is referring to the alleged P211 million in his bank that was revealed by Trillanes.
“I was just curious; if I had that money, why did you not initiate an investigation for I really have none,” Duterte asked.
“You failed miserably. Sinabi na ngang may P200 million, bakit hindi ninyo ako inimbestigahan so that the people would have known… My case was just simple to ask, tell the public how much is my worth in this world. You cannot tell the public because you are protecting somebody who are really into money laundering,” Duterte said.
He also mentioned a family who had set up a corporation to launder P5.1-billion proceeds from drug transactions.
“You are part of the garbage that I resent to this day. Do not give me a reason for a public confrontation. Ipalabas niyo ang mali dyan. There are billions there in banks who are really being washed or just being kept there for the meantime,” he said.
“You choose, either we cooperate in this government as a republic to protect and preserve our people. Do not make it hard for us or I will make it hard for you,” Duterte warned.