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Is Drilon the backer of AMLC executive director?

Rigoberto Tiglao, a Cabinet Secretary during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, has asked Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco to explain how Julia Bacay Abad ended up as an executive director of the powerful Anti-Money Laundering Council.

In his column published on the Manila Times on Friday, Tiglao said he’s curious as to why Abad was chosen to replace Vicente Aquino in late 2013.

“I was told it was Liberal Party president and Senator Franklin Drilon,” he said on who supposedly recommended Abad to the agency.

In addition to explaining details about Abad’s appointment, Tiglao said he also wants to know why Tetangco always seems to be out of the country whenever developments in the controversial cases AMLC is handling crop up.

It’s also interesting, Tiglao said, how the actual AMLC orders pertaining to these controversial cases have never been disclosed.

The Court of Appeals, acting on a petition filed by AMLC, recently issued a freeze order for the 242 bank accounts and insurance papers allegedly owned by Vice President Jejomar Binay, his family members and close associates.

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