The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has denied being ordered by the Office of the Ombudsman to probe the bank accounts of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family to prove their acquisition of ill-gotten wealth.
In a letter sent to the Manila Times, AMLC officer in charge Vencent Salido denied the newspaper’s report that the council was asked by the Ombudsman to file a petition with the Court of Appeals (CA) to pry into the Binays’ bank accounts.
“Please be informed that the AMLC is an independent government agency fully committed to combating money-laundering and helping preserve the integrity of the financial system,” he said.
A source earlier told the Manila Times that the AMLC has been asked to examine the bank account of the Binays, as well as that of their company and the law firm where a family member used to work, in light of the pending plunder charges against the Vice President.
Citing Section 10 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Salido said AMLC is authorized to examine bank accounts or investments in banking or non-banking institutions upon a court order when probable cause has been established that the accounts are related to an unlawful activity.
With its mandate clear, Salido said the AMLC “is not, and will never be, beholden to anyone but the Filipino people.”
“Rest assured that the AMLC will continue to discharge its legal mandate without fear or favor,” he added.