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MANILA, Philippines - The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) on Tuesday denied engaging in partisan activity when it aided the Office of the Ombudsman in investigating the dollar deposit accounts of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.
In a document handed out to reporters, the AMLC said it violated no law - especially the Anti-Money Laundering Act - when the inter-agency body abetted the Ombudsman in its investigation.
The AMLC statement comes on the heels of comments by Senators Joker Arroyo and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that the council may have given in to pressure from the Ombudsman or the Executive.
Senator Marcos had said the AMLC “could not be used for political harassment.”
According to the AMLC document, government officials who submit their statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) also sign a waiver authorizing the Ombudsman to obtain documents that verify the authenticity of the information contained in the SALN.
The waiver “authorize the Ombudsman or his duly authorized representative to obtain and secure from all appropriate government agencies, including the Bureau of Internal Revenue such documents that may show assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests and financial connections, to include those of the spouse and unmarried children below 18 years of age living within the household covering previous years to include the year first assumed office in government.”