Duterte warns monetary authorities: Cooperate or else


Posted at Nov 14 2016 03:48 PM | Updated as of Nov 14 2016 04:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with the Filipino community during his official visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 9, 2016. Edgar Su, Reuters

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday lashed out at monetary authorities for holding back his fight against money laundering, saying they were "hard to deal with."

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Anti-Money Laundering Council must "cooperate in this government," Duterte said, "Otherwise, I will make it hard for you."

"I'd like to address myself to the Central Bank guys and the AMLC (Anti-Money Laundering Council), alam mo (you know), I'd like to warn you to avoid a confrontation between us," he said.

"The Secretary of Justice now says that you are hard to deal with. You better go the Secretary of Justice or I will go to you," he said.

Just before the elections, Duterte accused monetary authorities of aiding "garbage" allegations that he kept P211 million in a secret bank account.

"And I was just curious that if I had that money, why did you not initiate an investigation for I really have none?" the President said.

"You failed miserably. Sinabi na ngang may P200 million ako, bakit di niyo ako inimbestigahan so that the people would have known? You are also part of the garbage which I resent to this day," he added.

(I was accused of keeping P200 million, why did you not investigate me so that the people would have known.)