Money laundering & greenhorns in Aquino gov’t PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:55

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray;  they turn you from the path…” (Isaiah 3:22, the Holy Bible).

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SHOCKING AMLC DECISION ON US $81 M LAUNDERED MONEY: Does the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have the right to simply return to Bangladesh part of the money that had been surrendered for safekeeping to it by casino operator Kim Wong? I am asking this in view of the admission of AMLC chief Julia Bacay Abad that she already signed a document purporting to return the money that Kim Wong turned over to AMLC.

The admission, made during the Tuesday Senate inquiry on the theft of some US $81 million Bangladeshi money from the US Federal Reserve Bank in New York early February 2016, sent shockwaves to many lawyers, particularly Kim Wong’s lawyer, Inocencio Ferrer Jr., and Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile.

Fer0rer and Enrile both pointed to a process to be followed under the Anti-Money Laundering law, which bars immediate return of any money already recovered or which may have been surrendered to the AMLC. Did not Abad and the other AMLC officials know this process? Why were they in a hurry to return the money even if the process prescribed by law had not been followed yet?

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GREENHORNS ABOUND IN THE AQUINO GOVERNMENT: Pardon me but this is the real problem with most officials of the Aquino government, President Aquino himself included. Many of them seem greenhorns in running the country and their respective agencies, so that even the most basic procedures that would ensure good performance are either unknown to them, or are simply ignored for reasons of their own.

Indeed, the late Sen. Joker P. Arroyo was right when he said that Aquino’s government is a “student council type of government”, run by mere youths who are either inexperienced or totally lacking in discernment required by their sensitive positions. The result is not just lackadaisical performance in governance, but, more seriously, lack of performance at all.

This sorry state of affairs among our officials was in fact displayed vividly early on under Aquino’s term, when, just after almost a few days after he assumed the presidency, his bumbling approach to a hostage situation at the Luneta, witnessed by the world through instant news reporting, caused the death of a dozen or so Hong Kong citizens.

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WHY ARE SUFFERING LIKE THIS? What have the Filipinos done to deserve this dangerous fate? There would be as many answers from as many commentators we have in abundance in this country, but to me, these misfortunes are happening to us because of one single reason: we no longer truly listen to God, and no longer obey His commands.

In the Old Testament Book of Isaiah, particularly under its Chapter 3, it is there written that because people no longer listen to God and no longer obey His commands, and men no longer put their trust in Him but in their fellow mortal beings, He has lined up dark curses and grave punishments for them.

One of these curses is written this way, under Isaiah 3:4: “I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.” Clearly, being run by people who are childish in their dispositions although they pretend to possess the intelligence of mature men and women, just like our own officials now, is something that God has decreed for those who have turned their backs on Him. It is a misfortune indeed for a people who claim to be Christians.

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