TO disprove allegations that he has hidden wealth, presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday showed the transaction history of his peso and dollar accounts at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).
In a press conference in Manila on Wednesday, Duterte presented a certification from BPI Julia Vargas branch in Pasig City showing his balance at P17,816.98 as of March 31, 2014.
Duterte’s spokesman, Peter Laviña, claimed that the account had been dormant since March 31, 2014.
However, as of May 3, Duterte’s account held P128,829.34 after deposits were made at the height of the controversy. The amount was supposedly deposited by Duterte’s supporters.
The account was first revealed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, who said that it contained P211 million in 2014.
But Duterte, showing 11 bank passbooks, claimed the money in all his accounts never amounted to P211 million.
Aside from the peso account, Duterte presented documents showing that he only had $5,021.70 in his dollar account as of March 31, 2014.
Duterte said there were no transactions from 2013 to 2016, until deposits of $5 and $10 were made following reports of his alleged undeclared dollar account.
The mayor also challenged the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to initiate an investigation on his alleged P2.4 billion “dirty money.”
Trillanes, citing bank transaction records from several sources, alleged that Duterte had bank transactions amounting to P2.407 billion in 17 accounts in three banks from 2006 to 2015.
“Bakit hindi ako iniimbestigahan?” Duterte quipped.
“Dapat magtulong-tulong sila para mailabas ang P2.4 billion,” he added.