BuCor to ask AMLC help on Bantag, family members

The help of the Anti-Money Laundering Council will be asked by the Bureau of Corrections to look into the bank accounts of suspended Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag and his family members.

This is in a bid to trace some P300 million in funds supposedly intended for the construction of prison cells and other projects which remain unfinished.

Acting BuCor chief Gregorio Catapang Jr. revealed that the amount was already released for the improvements. However, the projects were not finished.

”We will be talking with AMLC and we will write them, request them to look into the funds, bank accounts of Bantag and his family in as much as these can be hidden in their bank accounts,” Catapang, a former Armed Forces chief of staff, said.

Catapang recently said that BuCor is now readying plunder charges against Bantag over unfinished prison projects and the controversial diggings inside the Bilibid properties. He said they were entered into an unauthorized joint venture agreement with a private firm.

During the time of Bantag, has entered into a JVA with a private firm for the construction of a swimming pool inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

Bantag was accused of masterminding the murder of broadcaster Percy Lapid last 3 October in Las Piñas City.

Likewise, two gang leaders claimed that Bantag stabbed them in his office last 1 February.

Bantag was suspended over the mysterious death of middleman Jun Villamor, who supposedly relayed to self-confessed gunman Joel Escorial the order to assassinate Lapid.

Bantag was under preventive suspension anew for 90-days over the unauthorized media interview on retired military general Jovito Palparan, who was convicted for the kidnapping of two University of the Philippines coeds.

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