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US Embassy trains Filipino Judges

 

The US Embassy continued to partner with the Philippine Judicial Academy in training 24 Mindanao judges on money laundering, terrorist financing and financial crimes. The workshop held from November 19 to 20 included participants from Sulu, Basilan, Marawi, and Zamboanga, all areas of the Philippines which have had recent terrorist attacks.

The US Embassy in the Philippines partnered with the Philippine Judicial Academy to train 24 Mindanao judges on money laundering, terrorist financing and financial crimes investigation.

During the two-day workshop, Judge Paul Warner (US Chief Magistrate Judge, District of Utah) explained key ways criminal proceeds are laundered and techniques used to investigate financial crimes. Judge Warner welcomed the opportunity to return to the Philippines where he had lived previously. US DOJ Resident Legal Advisor David Bragdon discussed international perspectives on ponzi schemes and asset management.

Distinguished Philippine lecturers discussed forfeiture, the Philippine Anti-Money Laundering Council, and key procedural and substantive aspects of money laundering prosecutions. The Philippine experts who presented included Atty. Matthew David of Anti-Money Laundering Council Secretariat,Professor Jose Jesus Disini, Jr. , Atty. Juan De Zuniga, Jr. from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairperson Teresita Herbosa.

“We learned a lot as the laws discussed and situations presented are very relevant to these times, especially with the ease of transactions that the internet and other high technology gadgets provide. Financial crimes are also becoming common now with the proliferation of pyramid and ponzi schemes here in the Philippines,” RTC Judge Sittie Laarni Umpa of Marawi City stated.


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