Published December 22, 2016 4:37pm
By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday attacked officials of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) officials anew for being uncooperative with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in their investigation of suspected drug criminals.
“I am warning again, Central Bank, for the second time… Hanggang ngayon, there is no report of this AMLC. You know, I am going to charge all of you, criminally. I’ll count one to three and if you do not resign, I will treat you as a drug addict. You’re contributing to the corruption to the country,” Duterte said in a speech during the ceremonial signing of the 2017 national budget in Malacañang.
“You have reported to the NBI and submitted it very late, yet you do not have the assessment report. Kaya ko nilagay diyan mga–kaya kayo nilagay dyan kasi may trabaho kayo. If you cannot do your job get out from that office because I’m – I’ll transfer to the Bank of China. Eh mas marami iyong pera doon. Or Bank of America,” he added.
“You guys there are all corrupt. Bantay kayo sa akin, I will bring you down. [Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amado] Tetangco [Jr.] is about to retire. Better prepare there ‘cause I’ll give you a whack. You are all corrupt and serving masters. You are not supposed to engage in politics,” Duterte also said.
3 AMLC officials
In a chance interview after the program, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said that Duterte was referring only to three officials in the AMLC.
“He was referring to the people implementing the law. Iyong sa office of the executive director, tapos iyong deputy niya, tapos iyong head ng investigation,” he said.
Aguirre explained that two of them are “brothers” of Senator Leila de Lima.
“One is an Atty. Salido. The one I cannot remember the name. I’m sure he was referring to that, kasi hanggang ngayon stonewalling eh, ni hindi pa binibigay iyong may assesment, iyong may analysis noong account. Iyong binibigay lang saamin iyong may statement of accounts katulad noong sa bangko,” he said.
“Magagamit namin iyon, pero balewala sa amin iyon. Iyong account ni De Lima, iyong mga drug lord,” he added. — RSJ, GMA News