Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Republic Act , or The Law on Secrecy of Bank Deposits, is an act prohibiting the disclosure of or inquiry. While Section 2 of Republic Act (RA) , also known as the Secrecy of Bank Deposits Act, declares bank deposits to be “absolutely. Tag: RA Philippine Bank Secrecy law Cases. GSIS vs. CA (GR: ). Republic Act No. provides for four (4) exceptions when records of deposits .

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Upon a subpoena issued by the Ombudsman concerning an investigation it is conducting, provided that there must already be a case pending in court, the account be clearly identified, the inspection be limited to the subject matter of the pending case; and the bank personnel and the depositor must be notified to be present during the inspection.

It is truly a balancing act for Philippine banks to ensure bank secrecy is fully complied with and, at the same time, commit to full adherence to other laws and regulations.

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Government to give encouragement to the people to deposit their money in banking institutions and to discourage private hoarding so that the same may be properly utilized by banks in authorized loans to assist in the economic development of the country. The said Information makes no factual allegation that in some material way involves the checks subject of the testimonial and documentary evidence sought to be suppressed. Banks are in the business of attracting deposits to lend these out at reasonable spreads to corporate clients looking to finance their business and to individuals wanting to achieve their aspirations of a nice car or a new home.

Jurisprudence declares that there is only a single exception to the secrecy of foreign currency deposits, that is, disclosure is allowed only upon the written permission of the depositor. It is very important for banks to have a strong know your customer and enhanced due diligence processes to attract and onboard only the right set of customers with acceptable profiles.

Are there any exceptions? By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Cases of unexplained wealth are similar to cases of bribery or dereliction of duty and no reason is seen why these two classes of cases cannot be excepted from the rule making bank deposits confidential.

All deposits of whatever nature with banks or banking institutions in the Philippines including investments in bonds issued by the Government of the Philippines, its political subdivisions and its instrumentalities, are hereby considered as secrefy an absolutely confidential nature and may not be examined, inquired or looked into by any person, government official, bureau or office, except upon written permission of the depositor, or in cases of impeachment, or upon order of a competent court in cases of bribery or dereliction of duty of public officials, or in cases where the money deposited or invested is the subject matter of the litigation.


Petitioner is a duly organized domestic corporation presided by its representative, Ricardo Bangayan, husband of herein respondent Sally Go. Any person violating this law may be imprisoned for not more than five 5 years, or meted a fine not exceeding P20, Generalia specialibus non derogant. The money deposited under Trust Account No. For example, unexplained wealth is considered as similar to bribery and plunder under RA secrexy A case for violation of Republic Act No.

The Foreign Currency Deposit Act RA and the General Banking Act RA also prohibit bank directors, officers, employees and agents to disclose any information on funds in the custody of bank to any unauthorized person. Welcome to our website! As you can see, although there are many exceptions, securing such exceptions is not an easy task.

However, it is more relevant on a practical matter. Thus, it is that, which the prosecution is bound to prove with its evidence, and no other. Banks are able to generate these deposits through their good service and locations, among others, but most of all, because of trust that these deposits are safe in the banks.

Simply put, no one can just go to your bank and ask for your bank balance. Whether or not the disclosure falls under the exception under R. Eecrecy are stories affixed to such transactions. We want to be fully compliant with all laws and also be consistent with international best practice.

The bank-secrecy law

Read our privacy guidelines. On the other hand, if you have P, Arlene Gonzales was appointed as a receiver and proceeded to make the necessary report, to engage appraisers and require the creditors to serecy proof of their respective claims.

The Philippines is now investment-grade and we need to continue to have investment inflows. Seceecy at all, respondent Saria merely discussed his functions as an account officer in respondent bank and identified petitioner as the one who had guaranteed the payment or obligations of the importers under the Surety Agreement.

It is clear from the foregoing provision that notice need only be given to the garnishee, but the person who is holding property or credits belonging to the defendant. There is a pending bill lqw Congress to relax the Bank Secrecy Law.

This Act shall take effect upon its approval. Surely, you do not want any person such as your friend, employer or any stranger to find that out. Banks must continuously enhance monitoring tools to rw unusual transactions and have an effective compliance system.


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The accounts in question are U. This policy expresses the notion that a public office is a public trust and any person who enters upon its discharge does so with the full knowledge that his life, so far as relevant to his duty, is open to public scrutiny.

She was formerly undersecretary of Finance, the first Filipina vice president of Citibank N. So, what is bank secrecy? However, nothing in respondent Sarias Affidavit before the BOC showed that details of petitioner Bangayans bank accounts with respondent bank was disclosed.

RTC denied the motion. It is clear therefore that petitioner is not bound by the said provision since it was without the express consent of petitioner who was not a party and signatory to the said agreement. Some of the documents pertained to the dollar deposits of petitioners.

Petitioner moved to exclude the testimony but was denied by the trial court. The failure of a bank to fulfill its obligation under the law subjects the bank and its officials to criminal liability under Section 10 of RA No. We, thus, hold that petitioner is not bound by the said provision. Yes, there is criminal liability. It shall be unlawful for any official or employee of a banking institution to disclose to any person other than those mentioned in Section two hereof any information concerning said deposits.

Neither do the allegations in said Information make mention of the supposed bank account in which the funds represented by the checks have allegedly been kept. There was no written consent given by petitioner or its representative, Epifanio Ramos, Jr. This single excepting circumstance, however, does not obtain in the present case; hence, the banks petition. Thus, as a matter of practice, banks will require the depositor to state in his waiver the specific bank account, bank branch, name of depositor, period covered by the transactions and the name of the person authorized to access the bank account.

This site uses cookies. Approved, September 9, back to top. Petitioner is fishing for information so it can determine the culpability of private respondent and the amount of damages it can recover from the latter.