Aman Futures linked to terror groups?

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 28 2012 06:24 PM | Updated as of Nov 29 2012 09:51 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima refused to give details about a probe by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) into the possible involvement of Aman Futures Group Philippines with terrorist groups.

Based on the Court of Appeals-issued freeze order dated Nov. 20 on Aman Futures bank accounts, one of the reasons why the NBI asked the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to assist them in the agency's probe was because of information gathered that Aman Futures may also be involved in terrorist financing.

"[T]he information gathered by the NBI disclosed that the proceeds of said investments were transferred from Pagadian City to Cebu City where Malaysian Operators were situated. It was suspected that funds were not only used in money laundering activities but also in terrorist financing," the CA resolution read.

Asked for her reaction, De Lima said,"I don't have the particulars of that and I don't think it will be proper, even if I know those facts, to disclose those things."

De Lima, however, confirmed that the NBI continues to investigate the angle.