Dirty money watchdog turns over bank records after Duterte threat

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 15 2016 04:33 PM

MANILA - Monetary authorities have submitted to government investigators bank records linked to the illegal drug trade after President Rodrigo Duterte demanded their cooperation, his justice minister said Tuesday.

Duterte said Monday the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Anti-Money Laundering Council were "hard to deal with" and if the institutions refuse to work with government, he would "make it hard" for them.

The Anti-Money Laundering Council submitted documents to the National Bureau of Investigation just 90 minutes after the President's warning, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said.

"May pinanggagalingan si Presidente kung bakit siya nagagalit… alam mo tagal namin hinintay yan at hindi dumarating ang response ng AMLC samantalang maraming linggo na ang lumipas," he said.

(The President has the right to be angry. We waited a long time, several weeks, and the AMLC did not respond.)

Aguirre echoed the President's lament that the dirty money watchdog should have promptly investigated Sen. Antonio Trillanes' allegations during the election campaign that the then Davao City mayor kept a secret bank account.

Duterte said Monday that had the AMLC looked into Trillanes claim, it would disprove the allegation against him.