Enrile orders PSBank to submit CJ’s signature card given to BSP-AMLA audit team

February 20, 2012 11:50 pm 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Feb. 20 – Senate President-Presiding Officer Juan Ponce Enrile ordered the Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) on Monday to submit Chief Justice Renato Corona’s signature card that the bank had given to the joint audit team from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLA).

Enrile gave the order to PSBank president Pascual Garcia III in an effort to trace the individuals who leaked Corona’s bank documents that the House of Representatives prosecutors attached in their request for supplemental subpoena of the Chief Justice’s bank records, including dollar accounts.

”This is for the comparison purposes. Many people handle Corona’s documents. Somebody could possibly have brought out those documents,” Enrile said.

Garcia said he was not sure whether the audit team was authorized to photocopy the bank documents.

Enrile also asked Garcia to identify the members of the joint audit team which conducted the audit between September and November of 2010, the same year Corona was appointed Chief Justice by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

”You are ordered to bring documents in Katipunan branch bearing the data purportedly contained in the document attached to the supplemental request for subpoena filed by the prosecution for purposes of comparison, with the instruction that you block out all the details regarding the foreign currency deposits,” Enrile said.

Garcia said the BSP and AMLA audit was focused on Corona’s accounts classified as PEP (politically-exposed person), or election officials who are politically exposed.

Enrile asked why Corona was included in the examination between September and November if the audit was intended to deal with PEP mark accounts.

Garcia just answered: “I don’t know, sir.”

Enrile emphasized that his order to the PSBank president “is to safeguard the integrity and secrecy of the foreign currency deposits that is covered by the TRO (temporary restraining order) issued by the SC.”

Meanwhile, Garcia revealed that he ordered the transfer of the CJ bank records from the Katipunan branch to the head office after House prosecution secretariat member Rep. Jorge Banal personally made an inquiry on the bank documents with the Katipunan branch based on the documents that the Quezon City lawmaker allegedly got from the driveway of his house.

Garcia said Banal’s inquiry also prompted him to call an emergency meeting with the other bank officials, including PSBank branch manager Anabelle Tiongson, another witness, in a restaurant near the Katipunan branch.

In other development, Senate Majority Leader-Judge Vicente Sotto III said that the impeachment court has already received PSBank’s log book on who accessed the bank vault as well as other documents requested last week.

The logbook contained movement of those who have access to the vault from 2009 to 2011 but Senator-Judge Jinggoy Estrada also asked Garcia to produce records from January 1 to January 15, or a day before the impeachment trial started on January 16. (PNA) DCT/scs/jfm

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