Attorney Mel Racela, executive director of the Philippines Anti-Money Laundering Council, speaks with Asia Gaming Brief’s Sharon Singleton about the steps the Philippines is taking to guard against money laundering and the challenges posed by online gambling.
Cambodia’s cabinet, lead by Prime Minister Hun Sen, reportedly met on Friday to discuss long-awaited laws on anti-money laundering, terrorism financing and counter-proliferation financing, The Phnom Penh Post reports.
The intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force began an in-depth survey of Japan’s anti-money laundering policies this week, examining government ministries, private banks, and cryptocurrency exchanges.
Money laundering comes a close second to gambling addiction when it comes to reasons for opposing casinos in Japan, with local media stoking fears that the country’s organized crime gangs plan on using IRs to legitimize the proceeds from crime. These opponents might be exaggerating the risks of money laundering at the anticipated Japanese IRs, but their concerns do not seem to be entirely misplaced. Japan is not necessarily on the cutting edge of Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) policies.
The Philippine central bank says it will penalize any financial institution found to have broken rules in relation to the laundering of $81 million...