Palace to Trillanes: Ombudsman can open bank accounts of Duterte even without the permission of AMLC

In a press conference at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that even without the permission of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), Ombudsman Conchita Claudio Carpio-Morales has the power to open the bank accounts of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Recently, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said that the Ombudsman junked the investigation of President Duterte and family's alleged ill-gotten wealth because the ALMC refused to cooperate.
The Presidential Spokesperson said that impeachment of late Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2011, the Ombudsman opened the latter’s bank accounts without the permission of AMLC.

“Ang Ombudsman may kapangyarihan buksan ang lahat ng bank accounts. ‘Wag natin kalimutan ng panahon ng impeachment ni Chief Justice (Renato) Corona, wala naman humingi sa Ombudsman, Ombudsman mismo ang nagbukas ng accounts (The Ombudsman has the power to open all bank accounts.” Roque said. 

“Let’s not forget that during the impeachment of former Chief Justice Corona, nobody had to ask the Ombudsman, the Ombudsman itself opened the accounts),” Roque added.

“So kung gugustuhin po, nagawa na rin po siguro, nakita na po siguro yan ng Ombudsman kung ano ang bank accounts ni Presidente Duterte (So if the Ombudsman wanted, or the Ombudsman could have probably checked President Duterte’s bank accounts already),” he added.

He also urged senator Trillanes to stop reviving the issue since it had long been dead.


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