Malacañang has denied any knowledge of the supposed investigation being conducted by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) of the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
In a text message to The Manila Times, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Monday said the Palace was unaware of any such probe.
“We are not privy to AMLC’s actions,” according to Coloma.
“[The AMLC’s movements] are government by specific laws,” he said.
Last week, The Times reported that the Office of the Ombudsman has asked the AMLC to file a petition with the Court of Appeals (CA) in order to examine the bank accounts of Binay and his family.
Quoting a well-placed source in the government, the report said the Ombudsman had requested the AMLC to check the bank accounts of the Binays in view of pending plunder charges against the Vice President.
But the AMLC on Friday denied that it is being used by Malacañang to probe the alleged hidden wealth of Binay.
Vencent Salido, AMLC officer-in-charge, said the agency will not allow itself to be used as a tool for political persecution or harassment.
“Please be informed that the AMLC is an independent government agency fully committed to combating money-laundering and helping preserve the integrity of the financial system. Since its creation in 2001, the AMLC has been effectively pursuing investigations on suspected money-laundering activities, and where the evidence warrants, filing appropriate cases before the courts as required by law,” the AMLC official said in a letter to the paper.