Veteran political pundit Nine Cacho-Olivarez believes that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) chaired by Amando Tetangco Jr. is defying President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to provide bank records of Sen. Leila de Lima and her alleged cohorts in drug trafficking because it doesn’t want to be forced to disclose bank accounts of “yellow” politikos involved in crime and corruption scandals.
In her Daily Tribune column, Cacho-Olivarez said that in contrast to the AMLC’s stonewalling in the Department of Justice’s probe on de Lima, the dirty money watchdog went out on a limb, and at times illegally, to provide full bank records against political enemies of the Aquino administration: the dollar accounts leaked to the House prosecution team in the impeachment trial of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona; and the freeze order on 200 dummy bank accounts of former Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“The only plausible explanation for the obvious reluctance of the AMLC executives and their investigators is that they are into still protecting the yellows who are being investigated, “ said Cacho-Olivarez.
“In this case Sen. Leila de Lima and probably many others, should Rody Duterte move to investigate the yellows in the present and past senators and congressmen who had their pork barrel allocations, but were protected, not only by the AMLC, but the then Commission on Audit, as well as the Ombudsman, who hasn’t moved a finger to investigate and charge them,” she added.
Duterte has publicly lashed out at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the AMLC twice in just one month for giving the Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II the run around in his drive to charge de Lima,a member of the Liberal Party, with getting bribes and helping drug lords to operate from inside the National Bilibid Prison.
“I’ll count one to three and if you don’t resign, I will treat you as a drug addict. Better prepare there because I’ll give you a whack. But you are all, you are all corrupt. I am going to charge all of you there, criminally,” said Duterte who called BSP and AMLC officials “corrupt, greedy and lazy.”
Aguirre complained to Duterte: “They (AMLC) did not accomplish even the most basic task of providing an analysis for the statements of bank accounts of de Lima and the prisoners, where the sender and receiver of money will be identified.”
Cacho-Olivarez noted that despite the AMLC’s political bias, it had the gall to ask for more powers from Congress. “The Senate and the Congress had better think more than twice to grant the shoddy, shady AMLC more powers that it already abuses,” said Cahco-Olivarez.