Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Wednesday tasked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to coordinate with Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) in probing Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista’s alleged undeclared wealth price P1 billion.
The DOJ Chief additionally tasked the NBI to conduct an investigation on potential anomalies on the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) as a part of its probe on the matter.
“I made a DO (Department Order) for them (NBI) to investigate matters of unexplained wealth, the matter of possible violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act and possible anomalies at the PCGG,” Aguirre instructed reporters, stressing that he was at the moment speaking to three of its commissioners.
He, nevertheless refused to give additional particulars of the assembly.
Bautista served as PCGG head in 2010 earlier than being appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III as Comelec Chairman in 2015.
“This is not a private relationship matter. It concerns the money of the people of the Philippines. Whether they settle, I thing the proceedings will continue either in the impeachment court or ordinary criminal proceedings,” Aguirre harassed.
Aguirre additionally bared that probers would look into potential circumstances of cash laundering and violations of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) if proof could be gathered towards the ballot chief.
“Wherever evidence would lead us, then that’s it. There’s an allegation about receiving commission so that could fall under R.A. 3019,” he defined.
“There are plenty of sources to get evidence. We have the bank records, records of offices like PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government),” he added.
Aguirre reiterated that they weren’t prohibited from continuing with the investigation even when Bautista is an impeachable official.
“The immunity of the impeachable officers is the filing but you are not prohibited from investigating so in the event that this investigation will be able to some evidence then later on, the evidence gathered during this investigation could be presented as an evidence during the impeachment trial,” Aguirre instructed reporters. (PNA)