Philippines hopeful of exiting global money laundering 'grey list'

By Reuters   January 1, 2024 | 11:46 pm PT
The Philippines is hopeful of being taken off the money laundering 'grey list' of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) of this year, the country's Anti-Money Laundering Council said on Tuesday.
A flag of the Philippines. Illustration photo by Freepik

A flag of the Philippines. Illustration photo by Freepik

The FATF, an intergovernmental organization combating money laundering and terrorism financing, added the Philippines to the list in June 2021 for several reasons, including risk of money laundering from casino junkets and lack of prosecution for terrorism funding cases.

The Philippines has yet to address several issues flagged by the FATF, Executive Director of the Anti-Money Laundering Council, Matthew David, told a presidential palace press conference.

"The most challenging action item is terrorism financing prosecution. We need to file more terrorism financing cases," he said.

The longer the Philippines is on the grey list, the higher chance it has of being downgraded to the black list, David said.

Being blacklisted by the FATF could result in more stringent requirements and higher transaction costs for millions of Filipinos living and working abroad who send billions of dollars to the Philippines in remittances.

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