By Rina Jimenez-David
When movie actors began “invading” the august halls of government, some folks began loudly calling on them to stop appearing in movies or TV shows, especially those that had them performing in rather risqué or comical roles. But these moves were soon dampened by the arguments of some—and not just the performers—that allowing our show biz legislators and officials to continue their acting or hosting commitments was a way to keep them “honest.”
We respond to AMLC executive director Vicente S. Aquino’s letter and take exception to his obscurantist posturing against Sen. Joker Arroyo’s stand on the Anti-Money Laundering Act or Amla (Inquirer, 1/11/13).
I refer to the statement of BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla’s lawyer that his client is being “persecuted” by me, because he has been singled out of the 3-man Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC). I find this statement “amusing.” I understand very well that the AMLC is a collegial body, but of the three officials in it, only Espenilla, during the Senate hearings of last year, stated under oath that the DBP loans to me were “prudent,” “positive” and made a lot of money for the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). That is obviously why I singled him out.
This refers to the news items which appeared under the byline of Norman Bordadora in the Dec. 26 and 27 issues of the Inquirer (“Joker stalls ‘dirty money’ law changes” and “Amla faces rough sailing,” respectively). The need to further amend the Anti-Money Laundering Act (Amla) was not raised by the Financial Action Task Force, […]
By Rigoberto Tiglao
The Anti-Money Laundering Law (AMLC), amended in 2003, was enacted mainly to prevent organized crime and global terrorists from using the banking system. President Aquino however has debased it, turning it into his deadly weapon against his enemies.