Duterte to NBI: Beef up efforts vs. money laundering, 14 Nov. 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte warned law enforcers not to get involved in the illegal drug trade and undertake efforts to prevent money laundering in his remarks during the 80th founding anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday, November 14.

In his speech, the President said that although he goes occasionally  to the NBI, the Chief Executive stressed that he wants to return one day to tackle some serious concerns like money laundering.

“You have to do more especially in digging records that would show laundered money,” he said.

The President also warned the Central Bank and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) with regard to handling money laundering cases and scrutinizing people’s bank accounts.

At the same time, he reiterated that law enforcers such as NBI agents and members of the police force must stay away from the illegal drug trade that his administration is trying to curtail.

Law enforcers should do their duties well and not  worry about anything, according to the President. And as long as the agents and policemen are doing their jobs well, the President said he will protect them from prosecution.

The President also mentioned his administration’s plan to fight terrorism which he said could affect the country once Middle East radicals run out of hiding places.

The Philippines is building strong ties with Indonesia and Malaysia to effectively fight terrorism especially in the country’s southern border, he said.PND