THE ANTI-MONEY Laundering Council (AMLC) has been granted its court petition to forfeit over P23 million worth of bank deposits linked to drug trafficking. The decision was issued on Aug. 30 by a Regional Trial Court in Manila (RTC), AMLC announced on Thursday. The money comes from a raid carried out by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region 1 at the residence of Genaro A. Taliño in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur in Sept. 2014. PDEA recovered bags of the illegal drug shabu and six bank deposit slips, which it turned over to AMLC for investigation. “The petition covered the said accounts, including 11 other related accounts,” AMLC said. The dirty money watchdog said it has now turned over more than P82 million worth of assets, including cash and land, to the Bureau of Treasury. — Luz Wendy T. Noble