APPARENTLY the legal geniuses over at the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLAC) can’t even get their facts straight despite the benefit of Google.
Vice President Jejomar Binay mouthpiece Joey Salgado had this to say as he pointed out AMLAC’s epic fail in questioning the legality of the official’s remittances to two Canada-based research firms.
“As reported in media, the AMLAC report claims that the money transfers to Synnovate, Synnovate Ltd. and David Rink Consultancies in Canada are illegal,” stated Salgado, who serves as the Vice President’s Media Affairs chief.
“Had AMLAC bothered to do a simple Google check they would have known that these companies are legitimate market research companies. They were paid for services rendered,” said the spokesman-turned-troll.
The money transfer amounting to more than P29 million was deposited to the Bank of Nova Scotia and the Toronto Dominion Bank, the reports said.
“This is another clear proof that AMLAC misled the Court of Appeals (CA) into issuing the freeze order. Now, the publication of the leaked report is misleading the public, which was the objective of those behind the leak,” said Salgado.
Earlier, the CA–upon the prodding of AMLAC–froze some 242 bank accounts connected with United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party founder Binay. This came amid various accusations of corrupt practices against him, particularly when he was still mayor of Makati City.
Binay has said that all these attacks were part of a grand plan to discredit his presidential candidacy next year.
(Randy K. Ortega)