Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte clarified that the bank accounts containing P211 million that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV claimed were his indeed belonged to him when he was still a congressman representing Davao City.
"You listen very carefully. No such thing. Those were my accounts when I was a congressman," Duterte told GMA News anchor Jessica Soho in an exclusive interview.
He explained, "Kung bibiyahe kasi kami, binibigyan kami ng account. Hinihingi yung account number kasi papasukan nila ng dollar para pambaon namin. But that has been dormant."
Duterte represented Davao City in the House of Representatives from 1998 to 2001.
Trillanes claimed Duterte had accounts in the Bank of the Philipppine Islands (BPI) Julia Vargas Ave. branch containing over P211 million, which the latter did not declare in his 2014 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN).
Days before the elections, Trillanes and Duterte's lawyer Salvador Panelo faced off at the said branch to open the bank accounts for public scrutiny, but the matter did not push through.
Panelo, however, said they have already asked BPI to certify that Duterte's account never contained P211 million.
"Nung umuwi na ako sa Davao, binayaan ko na, ayoko naman magpunta didto para magkuha lang sa dollar. Pag sa davao, sabihin ko lang kay bong, 'Bong, bilhan mo ako ng dollars para baon.' Nakalimutan ko na yun," Duterte added.
Meanwhile, Trillanes, who conceded in the vice presidential race, said it is up to the media to pursue the issue of Duterte's bank accounts. — APG, GMA News
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