Trillanes urges Senate bank panel to probe Duterte ‘accounts’

Friday, February 23rd, 2018. Filed under: News Philippine News

MANILA, Feb 16 (Mabuhay) — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV urged Friday the Senate committee on banks to probe the alleged undeclared bank deposits of President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Trillanes said this is especially needed after the Ombudsman said it closed its investigation against Duterte due to the refusal of the Anti-Money Laundering Council to submit data pertaining to the supposed bank accounts of the Dutertes.

“Now, in the interest of transparency and accountability, I am calling on the Senate Committee on Banks to conduct an inquiry so we could summon the AMLC and question the legality of its refusal to comply with the Ombudsman’s request,” the senator said in a press statement.

He said based on the statement of the Ombudsman, the only reason why the investigation against Duterte was closed, without prejudice to reopening in the future, is the refusal of AMLC to submit vital data, specifically, the detailed bank transactions of the President.

“Let us remember that the Executive Director (Mel Georgie Racela) of AMLC was appointed by Duterte and has since been proactively protecting his political master,” he said.

“Ultimately, the truth about this very important issue is stored in the data storage of AMLC and BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands),” he said.

The AMLC earlier denied providing the Ombudsman with documents and information related to its investigation of the alleged billion-peso bank accounts of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We have categorically stated before that the Anti-Money Laundering Council is not the source of the documents and information attached by Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV in his complaint regarding the alleged bank accounts of President Rodrigo Duterte,” the AMLC said in a statement.

“It has neither provided the Office of the Ombudsman with any report as a consequence of any investigation of subject accounts for any purpose,” it added.

Trillanes said he already talked with Senator Francis Escudero about the possible probe.

Escudero, however, has yet to comment on the matter. (MNS)

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