Not so fast: AMLC denies handing Rody’s bank transactions to Ombudsman

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  • Anti-money laundering council denied giving Duterte’s bank docs to Ombudsman
  • It said it had yet to act on graftbuster’s request for probe, copy of results
  • Council also said his estimate of millions “wrong and misleading”

MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has denied giving the Office of the Ombudsman a copy of President Rodrigo Duterte’s bank documents, amid claims by the country’s second-highest graftbuster that the former’s accounts contained multi-millions

“It has neither provided the Office of the Ombudsman with any report as a consequence of any investigation of subject accounts for any purpose,” the Philippine Star quoted the council as saying.

According to the AMLC, it has yet to actually act on Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Carandang’s request to probe Duterte and his family’s bank records and transaction history.

“We have yet to evaluate the request, and the initiation of an investigation as well as the release of any report on the subject will depend on such evaluation,” it said.

The AMLC also said Carandang’s claim of Duterte and his family having tens of millions’ worth of transactions was “wrong and misleading” since he added all the cash that went in and out of the accounts.

“Suffice it to state that in the attachment to the complaint, the alleged debits and credits representing outflows and inflows of funds were added together, thus the resulting total amounts are wrong and misleading,” it said.

As for Carandang’s statement that the transaction records resembled those being alleged by Duterte’s foremost critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, the AMLC said it had nothing to do with the latter’s complaint.

“We have categorically stated before that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) is not the source of the documents and information attached by Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV in his Complaint regarding the alleged bank accounts of President Rodrigo Duterte,” it said.