Wong returns another P200 million to AMLC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In the sixth Senate hearing on the Bangladesh fund scam on Tuesday (April 19), the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) revealed casino junket operator Kim Wong turned over P200 million to the agency for safekeeping.

But the money wouldn't be returned right away to Bangladesh bank from where the funds were stolen. At least not yet.

The AMLC said it needed a court order allowing the return of the money.

The Bangladesh government must also file a petition for the funds.

Related: RCBC pushing reforms to stop suspicious transactions

Senators were hoping Mark Palmares, a messenger of Philrem Remittance Company, could identify the people behind the laundering scam, but he wasn't very helpful.

Senators asked Palmares to identify another individual who handled some of the money — a certain Weikang Xu — who was said to be another casino junket operator.

Palmares admitted he was ordered to deliver money in tranches several times to Weikang Xu, but he was uncertain if the person who received the funds was actually Weikang Xu.

It was also revealed that the Immigration bureau had no record of Weikang Xu being in the country this year.

Turning to the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC), Sen. Serge Osmeña asked who should be held responsible for issuing a suspicious transaction report on the large sums going in and out of the bank.

RCBC officials pointed to the former RCBC Jupiter branch manager. They said the branch manager acted like the CEO with all the powers in the branch.

Meanwhile, the Bautista couple of Philrem got the ire again of the senators for again refusing to identify their accountant, who was summoned to the hearing.

They said the accountant just resigned.

Osmeña gave them until the next hearing to come up with the accountant's name of be cited for contempt.