BINAY CAMP: AMLC PLAYING POLITICS

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay has urged a review of the mandate of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) it accused of alleged “partisan activities.”

“It is about time to revisit the mandate of AMLC and audit its performance since it has obviously allowed itself to be tainted with grossly erroneous and highly partisan activities,” said Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman for political concerns.

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Quico questioned the independence of the AMLC in a statement issued on Sunday, December 6,  as the Manila Regional Trial Court was set to hear on December 7, Monday, a new civil forfeiture case filed by AMLC against Binay, some members of his family and alleged accomplices.

Quico also said the new AMLC petition is baseless.

He said that the petition violates Republic Act 1379, which prohibits the filing of civil forfeiture cases against public officials “within one year before any general election or within three months before any special election.”

The new petition filed by AMLC follows after the expiry of the 6-month freeze order against Binay’s assets issued by RTC on May 11.

 In the  November 12 petition, AMLC asked for a new freeze order covering 139 bank accounts and 19 real properties under the name of Binay, his family, and some associates.

Earlier Binay scored the independence of the AMLC for being selective on who to investigate.

While the agency is going after his head, AMLC has not initiated any probe of Liberal Party (LP) leaders who are linked to anomalies, he said.

Binay said AMLC should look into the bank accounts of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad to prove that it has not allowed itself to be used as a tool for oppression of the ruling party’s enemies.

Abad was among government officials fingered by Janet Napoles as involved in the multi-million peso Priority Development Assistance Fund ({DAF) scam.

The alleged scam queen, Napoles in an earlier testimony said Abad  taught her how to use bogus non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in siphoning PDAF allocations  in the corruption scheme.

Abad is also facing charges over his authorship of the illegal release of funds under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), also a multi-million peso fund under the Office of the President.

Binay insisted the funds in the bank accounts frozen by AMLC were “hard-earned money.”

He said the allegations of corruption leveled against him and his family were demolition jobs out to derail his presidential bid.

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