Duterte lashes out at Bangko Sentral, AMLC over bank account controversy

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday lashed out at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), accusing them of covering up for politicians "who are really into money laundering."

Duterte, speaking at the 80th founding anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), warned the two agencies of a possible confrontation between them.

The president recalled that during the campaign period, Senator Antonio Trillanes accused him of having around ₱211 million in an undisclosed joint account with his daughter Sara Duterte in the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

Trillanes also claimed that Duterte's bank accounts had ₱2.4 billion in transactions.

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"If I had that money, why did you not initiate an investigation? For I really have none. You could not tell the public because you're protecting somebody...those who are really into money laundering," Duterte said.

During the campaign, Duterte revealed his bank records, which showed two BPI accounts with ₱17,000 and around ₱24,000.

The then-presidential candidate threatened to file a case against BSP and AMLC for criminal negligence because they did not investigate Trillanes' claims.

"You failed miserably. Sinabi na nga na may 200 million, bakit di niyo ko inimbestigahan (Apparently I had 200 million, why didn't you investigate me) so the people would have known?  You're also part of the garbage that I resent to this day," the president said.

 

Duterte also said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre finds the agencies "hard to deal with."

"You better go to the secretary of Justice or I will go to you. I will call for you and you have to answer many questions for me," Duterte said.

He added that if the BSP and AMLC do not explain themselves to the public, he will do the explaining for them.

"Either we cooperate in this government as a republic to protect and serve our people. Do not make it hard for us — otherwise, I will make it hard for you," Duterte warned.

The president urged NBI officials to work harder to curb money laundering.

Without naming anyone, Duterte said they have recently discovered a person who laundered ₱5.1 billion pesos through a fake corporation.

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong contributed to this report