Tetangco did not immediately respond to a request for comment and the executive director of the AMLC was not available for comment when Reuters contacted the council.
Deputy central bank governor Diwa Guinigundo said the Bangko Sentral was independent and it would not comment on the president’s remarks.
“One thing we know, we are not serving politics,” he told reporters.
More than 6,000 people have been killed since Duterte took office in July and launched a fierce crackdown on the drugs trade. Suspected dealers and addicts have suffered the brunt of violence but few inroads have been made towards shutting down the narcotics kingpins.
Police say a third of the deaths were suspected peddlers who resisted arrest and the remainder were deaths still under investigation, some of which were likely victims of vigilantes.
Duterte gave no details on how the state agencies had been uncooperative with the drugs war, or specify the extent of corruption he was accusing them of. He was apparently upset about late submission of an assessment report on money laundering, but did not elaborate.
Duterte’s singling out of Tetangco for criticism was a surprise given his efforts to keep him as governor, despite such a move being against the
Tetangco has been credited by economists for his stewardship of an institution at the helm of one of the world’s fastest growing economies.
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