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RCBC files defamation charges vs Bangladesh Bank

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:00 PM

After Bangladesh Bank filed a case against RCBC in February, the Yuchengco-led bank fights back with a defamation lawsuit

The logo of the RCBC bank is seen at the RCBC building in Manila's financial district on March 11, 2016. - A Philippine bank said it is investigating an 81 million USD deposit after Bangladesh accused Chinese hackers of stealing from a US account and illegally moving the funds online to the Philippines and Sri Lanka. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

U.S. Federal Reserve assists Bangladesh over cyberheist case vs RCBC

Feb 02, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'This agreement demonstrates that the New York Fed and Bangladesh Bank are aligned in the pursuit of recovering the funds and directing litigation against those who were complicit in or benefitted from the fraud,' says the US Federal Reserve Bank and Bangladesh's central bank

CENTRAL BANK. A cornerstone in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York building is seen on July 29, 2011 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Bangladesh sues RCBC over $81-M cyberheist

Feb 01, 2019 - 8:22 PM

RCBC dismisses the suit as a 'political stunt'

Ex-RCBC manager Maia Deguito asks Makati court to reverse conviction

Jan 28, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Maia Deguito, who was found guilty of money laundering, says the prosecution failed to present proof that she had full and prior knowledge of the illegal source of funds

APPEAL. Maia Deguito, former manager of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation branch in Manila's financial district, gestures as she answers a question during a senate hearing in Manila on April 5, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Makati court convicts ex-RCBC manager Maia Deguito of money laundering

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) Former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito is sentenced to 4 to 7 years in prison for each of the 8 counts of money laundering in connection with the 2016 Bangladesh Bank heist

CONVICTED. Former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito is interviewed by media after a Makati court convicted her of money laundering in connection with the Bangladesh bank heist on January 10, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

RCBC eyes lawsuit against Bangladesh Bank over heist claims

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:00 PM

This comes after the Bangladesh central bank's announcement that it would sue the listed Philippine bank over alleged involvement in the $81-million cyber heist

RCBC accuses Bangladesh central bank of cover-up

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation says Bangladesh Bank is 'maligning RCBC and refusing to divulge its findings' on the $81-million heist

DOJ clears Philrem officials in Bangladesh Bank heist

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:35 PM

But the Department of Justice junks the appeal of former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito who faces money laundering charges

CLEARED. Philrem president Salud Bautista appears before a Senate hearing in 2016 and claims she was instructed by RCBC-Jupiter branch manager Maia Deguto to convert and transfer stolen funds. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jul 19, 2017 - 8:16 PM

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RCBC pays Bangladesh Bank heist fine in advance

May 23, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The listed bank fully settles its record P1 billion fine for non compliance with banking laws and regulations in connection with the 81 million Bangladesh Bank money laundering scandal

COMING CLEAN. The logo of the RCBC bank is seen at the RCBC building in Manila's financial district on March 11, 2016. The bank owned by the late taipan Alfonso Yuchengco launched numerous initiatives to reinforce its anti-money laundering (AML) framework. File photo by AFP

Duterte, London attack, Bangladesh Bank heist | Midday wRap

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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Lascanas, Yasay, Napoles | Evening wRap

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:06 PM

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U.S. labels Philippines as major money laundering site again

Mar 06, 2017 - 12:45 PM

For the US State Department money laundering remains a serious concern in the Philippines due to its international narcotics trade corruption and weak laws

DIRTY MONEY SITE. The US State Department says sophisticated transnational organized crime and drug trafficking organizations use the Philippines as a drug transit country. Rappler file photo

Philippines asks for Bangladesh help on bank heist investigation

Dec 04, 2016 - 9:20 PM

This is to strengthen the Philippine government s position in court proceedings that aim to retrieve the rest of the stolen funds

COLLABORATE. Philippine government officials ask the Bangladesh Bank for a copy of its full report on its investigation to strengthen its position in court proceedings. Rappler file photo

Fresh AMLA amendments include casinos, real estate, junket ops

Dec 01, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Should the Congress pass the AMLA amendments AMLC will also have the power to issue an ex parte freeze order which will be effective immediately and will not exceed 30 days

MORE TEETH. With limited power, it took the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) 18 days to order Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) to freeze all accounts involved in the $81-million Bangladesh Bank fund heist. Rappler file photo

RCBC chief counsel Estavillo quits

Nov 29, 2016 - 1:10 PM

RCBC announces the resignation of lawyer Maria Celia Fernandez Estavillo over a week after the Anti Money Laundering Council filed criminal charges against several RCBC officers

RESIGNATION. Estavillo is the lawyer who represents Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) in the $81-million Bangladesh Bank heist case. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

AMLC files charges vs RCBC officers on Bangladesh Bank heist

Nov 22, 2016 - 6:31 PM

The former treasurer and 5 other officers and employees of listed Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation RCBC are charged for violating Republic Act 9160 or the Anti Money Laundering Act of 2001

CHARGES FILED. Philippine senators probe into the location of the stolen money and main players in the money-laundering case. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOJ wraps up probe into laundering of Bangladesh bank money

Sep 02, 2016 - 9:09 AM

Assistant State Prosecutor Gilmarie Fe Pacamarra says a resolution may be issued this September

Alfonso Yuchengco steps down as RCBC honorary chair

Aug 31, 2016 - 11:41 AM

The 92 year old taipan is appointed RCBC chairman emeritus in recognition of his distinguished service

RETIREMENT. Taipan Alfonso Yuchengco retires as honorary chairman of RCBC but the board has approved his appointment as chairman emeritus 'in recognition of his distinguished service.' Alfonso Yuchengco's photo from RCBC official website

P1B fine unlikely to weaken RCBC's financial profile - Fitch

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:45 PM

The P1 billion penalty is the largest ever imposed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and is equivalent to about 20 of RCBC s 2015 net income

STABILITY. Fitch Ratings says RCBC will remain financially stable in the medium term despite the lender's involvement in the $81 million Bangladesh Bank heist

BSP fines RCBC P1B over Bangladesh heist

Aug 05, 2016 - 6:08 PM

RCBC says it will pay the fine in two equal tranches over a one year period P500 million upon approval by the BSP and P500 Million one year after

Bangladeshi officials assured of help in reclaiming laundered $15M

Aug 03, 2016 - 6:53 PM

John Gomes: This case involving about 15 million is pending but I think within one month they should be resolving that case and we will be getting back our money

JOHN GOMES. Bangladesh Ambassador to the Philippines John Gomes says after the Senate probe, the investigation on the Bangladesh Bank heist became quiet. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

RCBC reorganizes board after Bangladesh Bank heist scandal

Jul 26, 2016 - 9:05 PM

In the wake of the scandal RCBC strengthens its board of directors increasing the number of independent directors to 7 from the previous 4

AFTERMATH. In the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist scandal, RCBC strengthens its board of directors. Rappler file photo

Bangladesh envoy to Duterte: Help us recover $81M stolen funds

Jul 21, 2016 - 8:30 PM

If the President is so serious about crime and corruption I think this is an issue that should be addressed Bangladesh Ambassador to the Philippines John Gomes says

'IN THE DARK'. Bangladesh Ambassador to the Philippines John Gomes says after the Senate probe, the investigation on the Bangladesh Bank heist became quiet. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Data privacy and cybercrime prevention

Jul 05, 2016 - 5:00 PM

How can consumers avoid falling prey to data privacy breaches?

Will Senate revive probe into Bangladesh Bank heist?

Jun 10, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The 16th Congress adjourns with no resolution to the probe into Bangladesh Bank s stolen millions

A REVISIT? Senate President Franklin Drilon says Bangladesh Bank heist resolution is now up to the 17th Congress. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

BSP cancels registration of PhilRem, Werquick, Peso Remittance

Jun 01, 2016 - 5:45 PM

The cancellation stems from PhilRem s role in the elaborately planned 81 million Bangladesh Bank heist

'CLEANING HOUSE'. PhilRem owners Salud Bautista (C) and Michael Bautista (R) did not attend the last Senate hearing on the Bangladesh Bank money laundering scam. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

RCBC names new officials after bank heist probe

May 31, 2016 - 5:12 PM

As the Senate probe into the bank heist ends the embattled bank appoints new key officials

MOVING ON. The appointment comes after The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee have completed investigations on the money laundering scandal

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May 20, 2016 - 12:42 PM

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Hard lessons learned as Senate ends bank heist probe

May 20, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Senators assure an upset Bangladesh Ambassador John Gomes that the money stolen from his government would be returned up to the last centavo as the Senate ends its probe on the grand money laundering scheme

LAST HEARING. Senate blue ribbon committee ends its two-month probe into the Bangladesh Bank fund heist on May 19. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Only Kim Wong keeps promise to sign waiver on phone records

May 19, 2016 - 7:05 PM

The Senate is unable to gain access to the phone records of sacked RCBC branch manager Maia Santos Deguito and PhilRem owner Salud Bautista

STONEWALLED. Senate was supposed to look into the phone records of Wong (C), Deguito (L), and Bautista (R) to clarify their contradictory testimonies on who had given orders on delivery of the stolen funds

PhilRem owners no-show in last Senate hearing on bank heist

May 19, 2016 - 5:35 PM

PhilRem has the lowest credibility among them all They are consistently inconsistent says Senator Guingona as the blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe

NO SHOW. PhilRem owners Salud Bautista (C) and Michael Bautista (R) did not show up at the last Senate hearing on Bangladesh Bank money laundering scam. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gil Buenaventura is new RCBC president and CEO

May 16, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The 63 year old Development Bank of the Philippines chief will replace Lorenzo Tan as RCBC president and CEO starting July 1

NEW HEAD. Buenaventura, a seasoned banker, would become president and chief executive officer of RCBC starting July 1. Photo from DBP website

RCBC president and CEO Lorenzo Tan resigns

May 06, 2016 - 6:35 PM

He resigned to give the Board a free hand in directing the course of the Bank’s future RCBC says in a statement

SENATE PROBE. RCBC president and CEO Lorenzo Tan attends the Senate probe into the stolen Bangladesh Bank funds in March. 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate probe into Bangladesh Bank fund heist resumes May 17

May 05, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Meanwhile the Bangladesh Bank chief and the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will meet with SWIFT executives next week

CROSS-EXAMINE. Phone records of Kim Wong (L), Maia Santos Deguito (C), and PhilRem's Salud Bautista (R). Photo of Deguito by Mark Cristino/EPA

Kim Wong completes turnover of $15M to AMLC

May 04, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Amid legal battles casino junket agent Kim Wong keeps his promise to return some of the stolen funds in his possession

DIFFICULT TIMES. As most of his personal and corporate accounts were frozen, Kim Wong (front) says doing business has been difficult. Salud Bautista of PhilRem (back) during the continuation of the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/Senate PRIB

AMLC files money laundering complaint vs PhilRem execs

Apr 28, 2016 - 3:46 PM

The Anti Money Laundering Council says PhilRem officials were aware the funds coursed through the company were illegitimate as they deliberately ignored requirements to know the customer and record customer information

PHILREM. Salud Bautista of PhilRem responds to questions at the continuation of the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the alleged US $100 million that was laundered in Philippines. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/Senate PRIB

SWIFT financial network warns of fraudulent messages

Apr 27, 2016 - 5:30 PM

SWIFT s statement is the first acknowledgment that the Bangladesh Bank heist is not an isolated case

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Apr 21, 2016 - 7:01 PM

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BIR files P35.61M tax evasion complaint vs PhilRem

Apr 21, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue says PhilRem the remittance company linked to the Bangladesh Bank fund heist did not pay the correct taxes from 2005 to 2014

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

RCBC treasurer quits amid probe into $81-M Bangladesh bank heist

Apr 21, 2016 - 3:29 PM

RCBC says Raul Victor Tan resigned out of decency and honor and despite his lack of involvement in the scandal because of command responsibility Former branch manager Maia Deguito worked under him

Kidnapped Indonesians, PH press, Conor McGregor | 6PM wRap

Apr 20, 2016 - 6:49 PM

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AMLC begins bid to seize assets linked to $81M bank heist

Apr 19, 2016 - 7:55 PM

The Anti Money Laundering Council s first civil forfeiture case is against casino junket agent Kim Wong with more cases to come

MORE TO COME. 'We will do it by batch,' AMLC's Bacay-Abad says when asked when will it also file cases on casinos' assets. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Apr 19, 2016 - 7:39 PM

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White, black, gray hat hackers: What's the diff?

Apr 19, 2016 - 7:35 PM

The motivations of hackers distinguish them from each other

Notary public denies signing affidavit of PhilRem messenger

Apr 19, 2016 - 3:49 PM

In his 7 years working as a PhilRem messenger Mark Raymond Palmares says the transaction related to the 81 million stolen funds from the Bangladesh Bank account is the largest so far

SENATE PROBE. (Left to right) Mark Raymond Palmares, PhilRem messenger, and his bosses, Salud and Michael Bautista, attend the Senate hearing on the Bangladesh bank heist on April 19, 2016. Photo by Chrisee dela Paz/Rappler

Kim Wong returns another P200M to AMLC for safekeeping

Apr 19, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Kim Wong s camp returns a total of 9 8 million of the stolen funds played in Eastern Hawaii Leisure

RETURNED FUNDS. Kim Wong's company Eastern Hawaii got hold of P1 billion or $21.575 million of the stolen funds. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

WATCH: Senate hearing on $81-M Bangladesh bank heist, Day 6

Apr 19, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Watch the recording of the 6th Senate hearing on the money laundering scandal on Tuesday April 19 at 10:30 am

Lawyers in the RCBC scandal: High-profile, controversial

Apr 16, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The legal counsels of personalities in the biggest money laundering scandal to hit the Philippine banking industry have a string of controversial cases under their belt

BSP eyes bigger fines for banks violating anti-money laundering law

Apr 12, 2016 - 9:01 PM

For Senator Sergio Osmeña III the RCBC money laundering issue is just the tip of the iceberg

PROTECTION FROM MONEY LAUNDERERS.  BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr says there is a basis to increase penalties for those violating AMLA laws. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler