Ongpin to file graft charges vs AMLC chief

by Coco Alcuaz, ANC

Posted at Jan 14 2013 09:25 AM | Updated as of Jan 14 2013 05:27 PM

 MANILA, Philippines - Businessman Roberto Ongpin will file an anti-graft and perjury complaint against the head of the Anti Money Laundering Council today, days after filing a complaint against a Bangko Sentral Deputy Governor. 

In a statement, Ongpin's lawyer said the complaint will be filed with the Ombudsman against AMLC executive director Vicente Aquino.

The lawyer said Ongpin cites Aquino for "gross inexcusable negligence" in recommending a freeze on the dealmaker's accounts despite having documents that Ongpin has said render the freeze "baseless."

Ongpin also cites Aquino for perjury for swearing to the facts of the freeze petition filed with the Court of Appeals.

The CA froze about 100 accounts owned by or linked to Ongpin in December as part of investigations into allegedly behest loans obtained by Ongpin from the DBP to buy Philex Mining shares which he traded for an allegedly illegal profit.

Senator Sergio Osmena has said Ongpin obtained the loans due to his connections with Mike Arroyo, husband of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is under arrest on corruption charges.