BALANGA City, Bataan: Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday dared Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to prove that allegations regarding his undeclared P211 million bank account are false.
“Well, siguro nasa kamay niya na patunayan na hindi totoo ‘yon. Ang pinakamadali ay kung papayagan niyang buksan kung lehitimo ‘yung account na ‘yon [I guess it is in the hands of the mayor to prove that the allegations are not true. And the best way to do it is for him to open his bank account),” Poe said in an interview here.
It was Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th who revealed about the P211 million bank account of Duterte at the BPI Julia Vargas Branch in Pasig City (Metro Manila).
Duterte dismissed the allegations and also dared Trillanes to prove his claims although the mayor said he will not issue a waiver on his bank account.
The mayor’s spokesman, Peter Laviña, said Trillanes’ claim is a product of the senator’s “fertile and malicious mind.”
“Trillanes is a desperate man. A man who has not discarded his putschist past and who has not shown any remorse for his reckless acts,” Laviña added.
Poe said Duterte should show to the people that he is a man of his word by issuing a waiver on his bank account.
“He has been claiming that he is willing to die for the country. This [bank waiver]is one of the ways to show his sincerity. Now if he can’t do this simple thing, how can you expect him to fulfil more difficult tasks?” she asked.
The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday also dared Duterte to honor the bank waiver he previously signed and allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to pry into his assets and those of his closest of kin.
At the same time, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) campaign communications director Joey Salgado challenged other presidential bets to do the same to allay suspicions that they have hidden wealth.
“The Vice President has said this last Sunday and we will say it again: Kung talagang wala kayong itinatago, ang aming hamon: Magpa-AMLC din kayo. At ilabas ninyo ang inyong SALN at Income Tax Returns [If you’re not hiding anything, we dare you to allow the AMLC to check your assets. Bring out your SALN],” Salgado said.
SALN refers to Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth and AMLC, to the Anti-Money Laundering Council.
The UNA statement was issued after Trillanes claimed that Duterte did not declare in his SALN his P211 million bank deposit.
Salgado bewailed that when Binay first issued the challenge, none of the presidential candidates responded.
On March 14, Duterte and his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano signed a manifesto that stated that they “pledge to open all our bank accounts in local and foreign currencies both here and abroad in the interest of transparency and accountability.”
“Ipinagmalaki ng kampo ni Mister Duterte na siya raw ay pumirma ng waiver para buksan ang kaniyang bank accounts. Kanina ay naibalita sa isang pahayagan na mayroon siyang P211 million sa bangko na hindi niya nadeklara sa kanyang SALN. Nang tanungin si Mr. Duterte kung pipirma sya ng waiver, ang sagot niya ay hindi [They bragged that Duterte signed a waiver that will allow the opening of his bank accounts. When he was asked if he will sign a waiver, he answered no],” Salgado said.
“Mukhang press release lang ang bank waiver na yon [That bank waiver was just a press release],” he added.
The Vice President earlier signed a bank waiver, giving the AMLC access to his bank accounts as well as those owned by his spouse and children.