AMLC denies releasing Duterte family bank records to Ombudsman

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Posted at Sep 28 2017 09:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. Ace Morandante, Malacañang Photo

MANILA- The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has denied releasing bank transaction records of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family to the Office of the Ombudsman contrary to the latter's claims.

In a statement Thursday, the AMLC Secretariat clarified that it has yet to evaluate a Sept. 6 letter from Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang requesting the financial intelligence unit to start a probe on the President's and his family's bank accounts.

"We have yet to evaluate the request, and the initiation of an investigation as well as the release of any report on the subject will depend on such evaluation," the AMLC said in a statement.

The AMLC also denied being the source of documents and information released by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who had alleged that Duterte kept hidden wealth.

"We have categorically stated before that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) is not the source of the documents and information attached by Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV in his complaint regarding the alleged bank accounts of President Rodrigo Duterte," it said.

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

The AMLC also said total amounts of alleged debits and credits representing the entry and exit of money in the supposed Duterte bank accounts were "wrong and misleading."

Earlier this week, Carandang said the Ombudsman had obtained from the AMLC bank transaction documents of the President and his family in line with its ongoing investigation. 

He said the Duterte family’s transactions amount to hundreds of millions of pesos from different banks between 2006 until 2016. He, however, clarified that it would be difficult to identify the total amount of deposits since money went in and out of the Duterte family’s accounts.

Carandang is leading the investigation into the Duterte family's wealth as Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has inhibited from the case since her nephew, Manases Carpio, is the husband of the President's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Amid news of the Ombudsman's investigation into his family's alleged wealth, Duterte said he would create a commission to investigate alleged anomalies at the anti-graft body.