AMLC move amounts to Binays’ ‘persecution’

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WHILE describing as disturbing an attempt apparently by the executive branch to pin down Vice President Jejomar Binay on his alleged ill-gotten wealth, his camp on Wednesday said they will extend full cooperation to any investigative body that will look into the issue
The Binay camp in a statement said the government’s move smacked of “persecution.”

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The Manila Times had learned that the executive, through the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), has asked the Court of Appeals to allow the council to pry into the bank accounts of the Binay family, as well as those of family corporations and a law office where a daughter of the Vice President used to be a partner.

“The Vice President’s records are open for scrutiny by the competent government agencies. However, if the report is true [that the AMLC went to the appellate court to get the go-signal to scrutinize the Binays’ bank accounts], then it means government agencies have been harnessed not only to harass and persecute ordinary citizens as a result of the baseless and malicious statements made in the Senate by political enemies of Vice President Binay,” Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman and media affairs head, said in the statement.

“It also means that the Vice President’s political opponents are desperate to stop him from pursuing his vision of a competent and caring government for all Filipinos,” Salgado added.

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12 Comments

  1. Concerned Citizen on

    Dito natin sa bank accounts makikita kung may itinatago ba o wala. Anong dapat ikatakot? Maliban na lang kung may itinatagong ayaw mabunyag.

    Buti nga titignan ang bank account, eh di malalaman kung nagsasabi ng totoo sa SALN o hindi.

    Dapat nga lahat ng mataas na elected officials, hindi mag-apply ang “bank secrecy law”

  2. call it anyway you like harassment, persecution this is simply an investigation to find out the truth we would not want a future president that is corrupt that will enrich himself he wants to imitate the marcos regime and he looks like he is even worse than marcos and more evil

  3. To accuse the VP for something that he illegal received it grave enough but if due process is not accorded to him and instead all possible government agency being muster to discredit him its too much and it foul. who among the government official either elected and appointed can come clean to say he never once in their tenure as official of the land dip their hand into thew government coffer. sa tingin ko halos wala. kaya be fair. si Binay at least marami nagawa bilang Mayor ng Makati. sa iba wala nagawa pero nagmamalinis pa.

    • Assuming that the AMLC is conducting an investigation on the bank accounts of the Binay’s then it is presumed that right to due process was not violated.

      People should understand and know that an application for an authority to inquire into bank accounts is the same as an application to conduct a search warrant. The requirements are the same. Evidence should be presented to court and should be convincing enough for the justices to see the probability that the accounts that will be investigated or that will be subject of an investigation are in any way related to plunder or graft. The court will only issue an order allowing the AMLC to conduct an inquiry if it is satisfied with the evidence presented.

      To those who are saying that the Binay’s right to due process was violated, are law enforcers now required to tell the owner of a house subject of a search warrant that their house will be searched when an application for search warrant is made?

  4. Joel Rodriguez on

    Kahit wala ng laman yan, sana’y busisiin nang husto at Makita ang money trail kung saan nga nanggaling ang pera at kung saan saan pumunta. Sana’y buong pamilya ang imbestigahan. Ngayon lang nangyayari ang pag-iimbestiga sa mga nag corrupt sa pera ng bayan. Salamat sa Diyos at ibinigay niya si Pnoy.

  5. Claro Apolinar on

    The AMLC, which means the central bank (Bangko Sentral) must not allow itself to be used by political lords to harass other politicians or ordinary citizens.

    That it is used is a sign once more of the corruption of the Aquno Regime

    • Harassment? Masama bang mag imvestiga? Pag inimbestigahan, harassment na? If you are running for a higher office di ba dapat advantageous na makita ng lahat para ipamuka na walang itinatago at karapatdapat. Hinde ba tama lang na malaman ng tao na boboto kung ano ba talaga ang katotohanan para makaboto ng tama?

      Ito na ang pagkakataon ng mga binay para ipakita sa bayan na wala silang itinatago at tunay na tapat sila sa bayan.

      Dapat ikatuwa nila ito dahil ito ang maaaring mag salba sa kanila sa kinasasadlakan nilang kontrobersya kung sakaling walang makikitang anumalya sa kanilang mga financial transactions.

  6. iamwell bungari on

    ‘La namang problema sa mg a Binay yan. Wala ng laman,e . Pero masyado na ngang pakialamero ang AMLC. It’s time to plant giant bamboo trees so we could go back to the Bamboo savings system beyond the reach of AMLC’s intrusion. Nagsisave ka nga, binabantayan at binibilang naman ng pamahalaang pakialamero sa orivacy ng Pinoy.