By Mario Casayuran
A member of the Senate minority bloc has demanded a review how the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have complied with the 2001 Anti-Money Laundering Law (AMLA).
Senator Leila de Lima filed Senate Resolution 666 asking the Senate leadership led by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to direct appropriate Senate committees to undertake the review.
De Lima underscored the need to see how these two agencies have complied with the anti-laundering law following the termination of the Ombudsman’s investigation on President Duterte’s alleged unexplained wealth.
“Duterte should never be exempted from investigation and accountability. Thus, the Senate leadership should ensure that the Ombudsman and the AMLC complied with the Anti-Money Laundering Act and the Ombudsman Act,” she said.
De Lima, former Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary during the Aquino administration, is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) detention center in Quezon City on illegal drugs-related charges.
She has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has accused President Duterte of political persecution.
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