The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has shut down Cosmic Money Exchange (CMX) due to not complying with preventing money laundering provisions and other regulations.
Located along Mabini Street in Ermita, Manila, CMX was removed from its permission to operate as a money changer and foreign exchange dealer based on Section 901-N of the Manual of Regulations for Non-Bank Financial Institutions (MORNBFI).
“This is in view of the serious violations and non-compliance with Republic Act 9160 or the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001, as amended, and its 2018 implementing rules and regulations, Section 601-N, in relation to Part 9 of the MORNBFI-Q regulations, and its deed of undertaking as a money service business,” explained BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier.
Alongside this, BSP also canceled the registration of two money changers and foreign exchange dealers in July as well as blacklisted six more unregistered entities operating in Pasay, Makati, and Pampanga in June. Another reason for canceling both companies’ registration is their failure to register with the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and not following their agreement with the central bank.
Six unregistered companies were blacklisted for engaging in money service business without BSP registration.
BSP aims to ensure that money service businesses aren’t venues where money laundering and funding for terrorism happen.