Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and several allies, including his "nutrition secretary" face a plunder rap for professedly transferring billions of dollars in gold reserves to a foreign company.

Aquino, Roxas, De Lima, Drilon face plunder complaint over gold bars
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The complaint also included Aquino's former justice secretary, Senator Leila de Lima, former interior secretary Mar Roxas, former finance secretary Cesar Purisima, Sen. Franklin Drilon and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco.

The case was filed by lawyer Fernando Perito and Rogelio Cantoria, who claimed to have worked at the BSP from 1976 to 1995.

De Lima was identified in the complaint as finance secretary while Roxas was identified as secretary of "nutrition and local government."

The complaint said Aquino and the mentioned officials transferred 3,500 metric tons in gold bars from a bank in Switzerland to Centennial Energy (Thailand) Company Ltd. on December 22, 2014 to guarantee the printing of bank notes.


The gold bars have an estimated value of $141.298 billion or P6.8 trillion, they said.

The complainants attached a document that supposedly authorized Centennial Energy to produce US dollars which will be used as funds for "humanitarian projects and ASEAN countries."

The gold reserves, they said, were registered under the name of "Ferdinand E. Marcos."

The also asked: "If the assets were allegedly registered in the name of Ferdinand Marcos, did the respondents secure consent from the Marcos family?"

Source: ABS-CBN News



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