Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) has fired MaiaSantos-Deguito, the manager of the bank’s Jupiter Branch, and her assistant, Angela Torres, for falsification of commercial documents and breach of policies.
In a statement late Tuesday, RCBC said the two officials violated policies and procedures and falsified commercial documents to facilitate the laundering of $81 million in stolen money.
“Other branch and bank officials are expected to be meted out various sanctions ranging from termination to suspension in the coming days when the internal investigation is expected to be completed,” the Yuhengco-owned bank said.
It added that appropriate charges will be filed in court against Deguito and Torres next week.
Deguito appeared at the Senate inquiry into the money scam last week but she only disclosed what she knew of the bank transaction behind closed doors.
Senators said the manager of the Jupiter Branch in Makati City (Metro Manila) can be made a state witness so that she can testify against other bank officials involved in the scam.
Senator Sergio Osmena 3rd said they offered to place Deguito under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) but she turned it down.
Senator Aquilino Pimentel 3rd said the bank manager “is a potential state witness against some people who are more guilty.”
But Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito said Deguito should show that she is the least guilty.
“In fact, aside from her former senior customer relations officer [Torres], all other witnesses are contradicting her claim of innocence in this story,” Ejercito pointed out.
Osmena earlier said Deguito’s testimony is closer to the truth because it can be verified.
Deguito has claimed that businessman William So Go demanded 10 percent of the $81 million that was stolen by hackers from the Bangladesh Bank. The money was transferred to four bank accounts opened at the RCBC Jupiter Branch.