BSP is investigating leakage of bank records of Corona -– Enrile

February 9, 2012 11:32 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 9 -– Senate President-presiding Judge Juan Ponce Enrile in the Chief Justice Renato Corona impeachment trial revealed on Thursday that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is now investigating the leakage of the bank documents that the prosecution used as basis to subpoena the bank records of Chief Justice Corona with the Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank).

Enrile said this as he directed PSBank president Pascual Garcia III to bring to the impeachment court branch manager Anabelle Tiongson of the PSBank-Katipunan where Corona maintains a total of peso deposits amounting to nearly P20 million and suspected dollar deposits.

”I must tell you that this court is in possession of information regarding the leakage bank documents and, in fact, the BSP is now conducting an investigation regarding this leakage,” Enrile said.

“We have to protect the integrity of the bank system. So, bring the manager here to answer questions,” Enrile instructed Garcia.

Garcia was asked about the opening balance of the alleged 10 accounts of Corona with PSBank but the bank official failed to provide the convincing answers.

Shown with bank documents used by the prosecution to request for subpoena on Corona’s bank records, Garcia said the bank documents do not jibe with original documents of Corona’s bank deposits.

”This court is in possession of information regarding the manner of this leak, the release of these documents and so you better be candid with us because if you don’t, we will be forced to apply the rules of this court,” Enrile warned.

Garcia answered: “In all candidness, we have gone through the process of auditing this and we have determined that based on what we have as original documents, those documents floating around do not come from PSBank,” Garcia insisted.

”In other words, they are fake documents?,” Enrile asked again.

”They are not facsimile (photo copy) of the original documents that we have. They must be fake,” Garcia replied.

The bank documents, according to the prosecution, was given by anonymous ‘small lady’ to prosecution member Rep. Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro.

Senator-judge Jinggoy Estrada asked Garcia if their PSBank branch manager in Katipunan is a small lady.

”She’s not little. She’s tall,” Garcia said. (PNA)

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