The Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC) is the Philippines’ Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) tasked to implement the Anti Money Laundering Act and the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act.
The Supervisory Authorities are the Bangko Sentral ng [SS1] Pilipinas, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Insurance Commission, or other government agencies designated by law to supervise or regulate a particular financial institution or Designated Non-Financial Business and Profession.
The Anti Money Laundering Act (Republic Act No. 9160) and its implementing regulations establish a series of duties for covered persons. These include:
Duty to carry out an institutional risk assessment to identify, assess, and understand the ML/TF risks.
Duty to develop sound risk management policies, controls, and procedures to manage and mitigate the ML/TF risks identified; monitor the implementation of those controls; enhance them or reduce them when risks are higher or lower, respectively.
Duty to formulate and implement a comprehensive and risk-based ML/TF Prevention Program. The Program shall include, at the minimum, internal policies, controls, and procedures on the following:
Duty to carry out customer due diligence measures when:
The customer due diligence measures include the following procedures:
Duty to carry out an enhanced due diligence in cases of higher risk and possibility of carrying out a reduce due diligence in cases of lower risk.
Duty to establish and record the true and full identity of PEPs, as well as their immediate family members and close relationships/associates, as well as carry out an enhanced due diligence.
Duty to maintain and safely store the dates of transactions all customer records and transaction documents for a minimum of 5 years.
Duty to keep all records obtained through customer due diligence, account files, business correspondence, and the results of any analysis undertaken, for at least, 5 years following the closure of the account, termination of the business or professional relationship, or after the date of the occasional transaction.
When they enter into any cash transaction whose value matches or surpasses the value stipulated by the Country AML Committee. Precious metal and previous stone merchants, as well as dealers who conduct high value transactions, must report suspicious transactions to the FFU.
When completing real estate sale or purchasing transactions for their consumers, real estate agents and brokers must report questionable transactions to the FFU.
No legal action may be taken against financial institutions or non-financial firms and professions, or their managers, officials, or employees, for the execution of a suspicious transaction reported in good faith in accordance with the country's AML regulation.
Covered persons have the duty to report to the AMLC:
Covered transactions: A “covered transaction” refers to:
Suspicious transactions: “Suspicious transactions” are transactions with covered persons, regardless of the amounts involved, where any of the following circumstances exist:
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* This page is intended as general information only and should not be relied on as the sole source of information for your AML obligations and AML program. Please visit your local regulatory authority sites for the latest relevant and full information.