Is the Department of Justice planning to use the bank receipts for deposits amounting to P24 million to link Senator Leila de Lima to drugs? Those receipts cannot be considered as evidence, according to netizen Emil Lunasco.
The Philippine Star published a copy of the bank transactions amounting to P24 million allegedly deposited into the BDO bank account of Senator Leila de Lima former staff, Edna “Bogs” Obuyes.
According to Lunasco, the bank transactions pictured above cannot even be linked to de Lima, so they would have to try harder to find evidence for whatever case the DOJ wants to build against the senator.
He added that there are so many red flags surrounding the bank transactions.
Lunasco’s first point is: “Bakit ia-allow ng BDO na mag-open ng account gamit ang nickname? Her actual name is Edna, not Bogs. Aba kung allowed pala magbukas na ako ng account na ang pangalan eh princess of genovia.”
Someone commented that banks usually ask for government issued IDs from those who want to open an account, to which Lunasco replied with this:
Verifying what he said, it turned out that Monetary Board Circular No. 608 does enumerate the valid ID cards accepted for financial transactions.
According to Section 9 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 (Republic Act No. 9160), “Covered institutions shall establish and record the true identity of its clients based on official documents.”
This rule alone disqualifies the use of nicknames. But based on the cash deposit slips from the mysterious DOJ source, the name printed was “Bogs C. Obuyes,” instead of “Edna C. Obuyes,” which is the staff’s real name. This is probably the biggest proof of the receipts’ credibility.
His second point is: “May deposit slip na April 18, 2014 which was good Friday that year. So it was a non-banking day. 4M ang amount, alangang machine deposit yun? Over the counter yan dapat. Eh sarado ang bangko.”
A simple Google search verified what Lunasco said.
A netizen pointed out that in 2014, there were no BDO cash deposit machines yet and even now, there were only a few branches with such machines that can be used during non-banking days or hours. Lunasco replied about how much time it would take to feed the machine P1,000-peso bills for the deposit to amount to P4.8 million.
Lunasco’s third point is: “Branch code is 041 which is assigned to BDO Bel-Air. Bakit ang empleyadong taga-CHR (at the time) which is located along Commonwealth Avenue eh mago-open ng account sa Bel-Air Makati? Hirap naman mag-withdraw nun, magli-leave ka pa.”
Zoom in on the cash deposit slips and note of “041” appearing at the center of the slips, signifying the bank code of the BDO branch where the account was opened. “041” is indeed in Bel-Air.
His last point: “Ganda naman ng printer ng BDO. Pareho ang print quality kahit saang teller ka pumunta at kahit 2 months na ang nakalipas.”
If you look closely, the receipts do look similar. Hmm…
If we are to nitpick here, whoever scrolled on the copy of the bank transactions used “Mr.” for Obuyes, when she is a female.
Look at the spelling of “diposits.” The scribbler’s English teacher would be mightily disappointed.
Obuyes is the same DOJ employee who admitted to have been forced to sign an affidavit pinning de Lima down for accepting drug money. She said that she signed an affidavit denying all the accusations against de Lima after she saw the bank deposit receipts for P24M for 2014 transactions. Imagine her surprise when it was reported that she testified against her former employer.
As reported by PhilStar, copies of the receipts were distributed to the media from a ‘DOJ source’ on September 1.
With all of the questions raised by Lunasco and the possibility that these might be the receipts that Aguirre showed to Obuyes, is this how easy it is to make the DOJ believe and act on such a flimsy evidence? Moreover, what’s worrying is that Duterte himself admitted to ‘planting evidence’ as a prosecutor. Is this DOJ maneuver part of that practice too to bring de Lima down?