Two charged in P900M Metrobank scam claim innocence, say mastermind also duped them

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  • Metrobank exec’s two alleged cohorts in P900M-scam cry foul over filing of raps
  • They claimed innocence, said manager took advantage of them
  • They also said they are willing to cooperate with authorities, testify against her

MANILA, Philippines  –  Two persons charged with a high-ranking official of Metrobank for siphoning off P900 million from the bank cried foul over the raps; saying they too are also victims in the case.

Reginald Tongol, lawyer of Hubert Co and Sue Sai, said his clients were also taken advantage of by Ma. Victoria Lopez in carrying out the fraud.

“It is sad that Metrobank filed a complaint against my clients. My clients are innocent victims of Ms Lopez as she took advantage of them the same way she took advantage of Metrobank’s trust in her,” Rappler quoted him as saying.

According to Tongol, both Co and Sai did not know that the manager and cashier’s checks paid to them by Lopez were fraudulently obtained.

“To my clients’ minds, their transactions with Ms Lopez are legal and aboveboard as simple loan contracts. They have no way of knowing that the money paid came from the other victims of Ms. Lopez,” he said.

Tongol added that both his clients are willing to cooperate with authorities to prove their innocence and prosecute Lopez.

“If she was able to fool a big bank like Metrobank with all its supposed security protocols surely she can fool simple people like my clients. We are ready to show their innocence and help the authorities in bringing Ms. Lopez to justice,” he said.

Lopez, a three-decade-long employee of the bank, was arrested by authorities in an entrapment operation last month after she was caught trying to funnel millions into a personal account.

She is currently facing charges for falsification of public documents and violations of the General Banking Law.