Dirty money watchdog receives Trillanes waiver on alleged deposits


Posted at Sep 14 2017 02:03 PM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes said Thursday the country's dirty money watchdog had received his written authorization for the government to scrutinize his bank accounts.

The waiver authorizes the Anti-Money Laundering Council and the Ombudsman to "open and look into the supposed bank accounts" of the senator here and abroad, according to a letter from the AMLC that acknowledged receipt of Trillanes' request.

With the waiver, Trillanes also relinquishes his rights to secrecy and confidentiality as provided by the Bank Secrecy Law and the Foreign Currency Deposit Law, the AMLC said.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, has said he allowed the opening of his supposed bank accounts, which were reported on social media by the President's supporters.

The senator earlier reiterated his dare for the President to issue a similar waiver and disprove his allegation that he was keeping secret deposits.

Duterte claimed Trillanes shared offshore bank accounts with a Chinese national, which would be hard to scrutinize.