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The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) amends the AMLC Registration and Reporting Guidelines (ARRG) in view of the issuance of AMLC Regulatory Issuance (ARI) No. 1, series of 2020, amending certain provisions of the 2018 Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9160, also known as the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001, as amended; and ARI No. 3, series of 2020, approving the deferment of reporting of specific transactions identified as low risk transactions for money service businesses (MSBs).

Salient features of the 2021 ARRG include the following:

  1. Comprehensive definition of “covered persons” to include certain types of designated non-financial businesses and professions;
  2. Definition of “covered transaction” for real estate developers and brokers;
  3. Delegated authority to the Executive Director of the AMLC to require submission of all covered transactions, including low risk, of persons subject of AMLC investigation;
  4. Requirement to include specific details of the covered person’s reporting chain/process in its Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing Prevention Program;
  5. Clarification of rules as regards timing of submission of suspicious transaction reports (STRs) [specifically the identification of applicable reporting and determination periods];
  6. Clarification on non-working and non-reporting days in terms of the counting of the prescribed reporting period, including automatic suspension thereof;
  7. Removal of loan payment as a low-risk transaction;
  8. Provision of a list of low-risk covered transactions involving Operators of Payment System;
  9. Incorporation of previously approved low-risk covered transactions involving MSBs;
  10. Renaming of “no/low risk” covered transactions to “low-risk” covered transactions;
  11. Introduction of new provisions on compliance-checking and administrative sanctions;
  12. Updated online registration guidelines;
  13. Inclusion of STR trigger in the reporting of STRs;
  14. Updating of the reason for suspicion to include two (2) new predicate crimes;
  15. Guidelines in the reporting of loan availment and sale of real and other properties acquired;
  16. Addition of new transaction codes;
  17. Updating of country and currency codes;
  18. Provision of guidelines in the suspicious transaction reporting on a per account basis; and
  19. Provision of a list of “red flags” and transaction codes involving real estate transactions and those concerning virtual asset service providers.

 To download a copy, please click the link.

Posted 9 July 2021

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