Press Release
June 5, 2012

Transcript of Interview with Senator Franklin M. Drilon
Before the Today's Session

On the petition on guilty verdict by Impeachment Court

Question has been settled and become academic with the Supreme Court en banc having appointed acting CJ Antonio Carpio. The SC recognized that there was a vacancy arising from the dismissal of ex-CJ Renato Corona as a result of the impeachment. Otherwise, if the SC did not recognize the validity of dismissal of Corona, they should not have appointed an acting CJ. The fact that there is an acting CJ means that the petition has absolutely no merit.

On JBC's bank waiver requirement

Sa akin, sang-ayon ako sa comment ni Senator JPE na medyo "O.A." na iyon. Sa akin, ang nakikita ko lang ay ang parang bang ang assumption ay kami lahat ay magnanakaw and prove that we are not crooks by opening bank accounts. Hindi naman siguro tama iyon. Lahat naman kami ay nire-require ng batas na mag-file ng statement of assets, liabilities and net worth. Sinusunod po namin iyan even doon sa SALN mismo iyan ang patakaran sa batas at iyang ang aming sinusunod.

On anti-money laundering law

We hope that with the passage of these two bills, we put ourselves in line with the requirement of the FATF and we place our financial system with the other financial systems that would prevent the use of our banking system for money launderers. We strengthened our anti-money laundering laws. The amendment on anti-terrorism is important and the procedures to guarantee privacy of depositors are incorporated in the bill.

The bill of rights will always be observed. We should not fear that the Right to Privacy is violated. In fact, we incorporated in the bill right to privacy which is found in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. Nakalagay sa panukalang batas na ang Right to Privacy na kinikilala sa ating Saligang Batas ay inuulit at mabibigay amendment na ito.

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