PNoy, De Lima, Roxas, Drilon, & 3 Others Faces Graft Charges for Alleged Shipment of $141-Billion Gold to Thailand

Former President PNoy Aquino, DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, Sen. De Lima, Sen. Drilon, and three others are now facing plunder and graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged illegal shipment of $141-billion worth of gold bars to Thailand.

The case against former President Aquino and losing presidential candidate Mar Roxas was filed by Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) member Atty. Fernando Perito and former Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) examiner Rogelio Cantoria.

Aside from PNoy, Roxas, De Lima and Drilon also included in the plunder and graft charges are BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., former Department of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Treasury Department chief dealer Lorelei Fernandez.

According to the complainants the 3,500 metric tons (MT) of illegally shipped gold bars to Thailand came from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The gold bars were intercepted in the Union Bank of Switzerland in December 2014.

The complainants claimed that based on the said BSP circular, more or less 3,500 MT of gold bars were shipped and deposited in the Bank of Thailand.

Atty. Perito and BSP examiner Cantoria stressed that they filed the complained against powerful individuals who were mostly members of the Liberal Party based on the BSP circular which already went viral on social media.

Based on the alleged BSP Memorandum Circular, the gold bars weight 12.5-kilogram per bar and have "purity" of 99.999 percent. Both complainants claimed that former Pres. Aquino, former DOJ Sec. De Lima, former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, BSP Gov. Tetangco, Sen. Drilon and Finance Chief Purisima approved the "certification of shipment" in December 2014.

During the Aquino administration, the Centennial Energy Company of Thailand and the Philippine government have approved the release of funds in exchange for the said gold bars, which will be used for "humanitarian projects,"

Source: Philippine Information Agency (PIA)

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