Ongpin to file criminal complaint vs AMLC official

by Coco Alcuaz, ANC

Posted at Jan 09 2013 02:44 PM | Updated as of Jan 10 2013 03:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Roberto Ongpin who has said he'll seek criminal charges against a Bangko Sentral Deputy Governor now says he'll do the same against the head of the Anti Money Laundering Council. 

In a statement, Alex Poblador, legal counsel of Mr Roberto Ongpin, said they would file criminal and civil suits against Vicente Aquino for taking part in hurting the dealmaker. 

Poblador said Aquino's participation was revealed by the BSP when the BSP finally reacted to the attacks Ongpin started last week.

"We now give notice that, in addition to the criminal complaint which is going to be filed this week against Mr. Espenilla, our client intends to file additional suits (both criminal and civil) against Mr. Vicente Aquino who the BSP statement in effect has identified as having participated in the damage done to Mr. Ongpin," he said. 

What the BSP said yesterday is that the AMLC sought the freeze on bank accounts owned by and linked to Ongpin after the Council's secretariat made a presentation to then.

Until now Ongpin's target has been BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla, acting chairman of the council at the time. 

Ongpin's attacks started after the BSP deferred action on his election to the board of Philippine Bank of Communications, citing cases pending with the Ombudsman.

Ongpin is under investigation by the Senate and the Ombudsman for allegedly behest loans he got from the Development Bank of the Philippines in 2009 to buy and sell Philex Mining shares for a quick and allegedly illegal profit. 

Senator Sergio Osmena has said Ongpin was granted the loans because of his links to Mike Arroyo, husband of then President Gloria Arroyo.

AMLC's Aquino did not immediately respond to a request for comment.