JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday said the National Bureau of Investigation now has in its possession bank documents from the Anti-Money Laundering Council related to the narcotics trade in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
Aguirre said that among the documents submitted to the NBI are summaries of financial transactions of people allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade inside the national penitentiary including that of Senator Leila De Lima.
But he added the bank statements did not contain information on where the bank deposits came from.
“Ang binigay yung basic document, yung statement of account maliban dun wala na. Yung mga document lahat yun ng ni-request namin, including that of Senator De Lima, pero statement of account lang natin sa bangko wala pang analysis,” Aguirre said.
The DoJ chief though declined to discuss the details of the documents saying he has yet to go over them.
Earlier, Aguirre said that they might file appropriate charges against officials of the AMLC sometime next year for reportedly delaying the release of documents that could be used as evidence in their build up of drug-related cases.
This is in line with President Duterte’s criticism of the AMLC for its slow release of needed documents in his administration’s pursuit of those involved in illegal drugs.
Aguirre said that he tapped the NBI to look into the AMLC and determine if it committed violations and if charges could be filed against the council’s officials.
They would also look if anti-graft or negligence charges could be filed against the AMLC officials.
“There are many charges against them. I am having it investigated by the NBI,” he noted.