Citizens Crime Watch seeks AMLC probe on Aquino, Aquino execs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) — Following the appointment of a new Ombudsman by President Rodrigo Duterte, private group Citizens Crime Watch files plunder raps against key members of the Aquino administration anew.

Citizens Crime Watch President Diego Magpantay and Atty. Ferdinand Topacio filed another plunder complaint against former President Benigno Aquino III and key members of his Cabinet on Thursday, also about the Dengvaxia controversy.

This is the second plunder complaint filed by the Citizens’ Crime Watch against Aquino, former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, former Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin, and other members of the Department of Health in 2018.

The complaint called for the Ombudsman to direct the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to gather information on the bank accounts of the respondents.

In their previous complaint, Magpantay and Topacio alleged that the respondents pocketed ₱500 million of the ₱3.5 billion budget for the procurement of dengue vaccine Dengvaxia from Sanofi Pasteur.

The complainants also sought the preventive suspension of six months of respondents who may be occupying public offices or exercising public functions.

This new complaint was received by the Office of Ombudsman Friday, under the leadership of Ombudsman Samuel Martires.

Martires took over the post following the retirement of Aquino-appointed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.