Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) president Lorenzo Tan dismissed claims that stolen money found its way into the bank because of the participation of high-ranking bank officials, maintaining that had no involvement in the entry of $81 million.
Maia Santos Deguito, former bank manager of RCBC-Jupiter branch in Makati City earlier claimed that a crime of such magnitude could only have been carried out with the participation of higher bank officials, including Tan.
But Tan dismissed as “implausible” the “rehashed” claim of Deguito.
He said Deguito concocted yet another yarn by blaming bank officials, particularly him, to conceal the truth.
The RCBC chief said Deguito wantonly violated bank protocols and standard operating procedures to facilitate the money-laundering scheme.
“Deguito is only out to malign my reputation and take the blame off her, to cover up her fraudulent actions or gross negligence,” Tan said.
Deguito told senators on Tuesday that her only fault was that she believed and trusted Tan.
Casino junket operator Kim Wong accused two Chinese high-rollers—Gao Shuhua of Beijing and Ding Zhize of Macau of pulling off the $81-million heist with the assistance of Deguito and PhilRem Services Corp.
Tan said Deguito’s claim that she was just following instructions clearly violated the law.
“The truth is that based on bank protocols and standard operating procedures, Deguito’s admitted actions in facilitating this money-laundering scheme are, to say the least, negligent and in blatant violations of bank policy,” Tan added.
“To save herself from inevitable liability, she now turns to blame the higher officials of the bank, and ultimately me, because she had an impression that I ‘could not have been unaware’ of said transactions,” he added.
“I have no knowledge, nor did I participate, in the opening of the bank accounts subject of the hearing, as she so claims. I did not give any instructions to her to, as she says, ‘take care of my friends,’ and proceed with the transactions,” he said. “This is why it pains me that Ms. Deguito, speaking under oath, continue to stand by her untruthful statements and implicate me in matters of which I had no knowledge or participation.”