WHO between Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is telling the truth?
The answer will be known today if the mayor’s supposed multi-million peso bank account at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Julia Vargas Branch is opened.
Trillanes, who earlier accused Duterte of not declaring his P211 million deposit in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), said he will wait for Duterte or his representative this morning for the opening of the mayor’s bank account.
Trillanes, who is running for Vice President, had challenged Duterte to meet him on May 2.
“I will be at BPI Julia Vargas Branch, Ortigas, Pasig City [Metro Manila], tomorrow, at 11 a.m. to wait for Mayor Duterte or his representative to fulfill the said challenge,” the senator said on Sunday.
Duterte has expressed willingness to accept Trillanes’ challenge with the condition that the senator sign an affidavit that will explain where and when he got his information and why he released it.
Trillanes, however, rejected Duterte’s condition and insisted that he will not reveal his source.
He called on the mayor to stop diverting the issue and answer the matter regarding his bank deposits.
Duterte has issued different statements regarding his bank accounts.
He initially denied having an account at the BPI Julia Vargas Branch but later admitted its existence, saying it only contains around P50,000.
The mayor changed his statement again on Friday, this time admitting the account holds a little less than P211 million.
Trillanes, in a statement, said he feels vindicated by the admission of Duterte that he has P200 million in his account.
“But most important, it’s time to shatter Duterte’s fraudulent image of being simple, honest and incorruptible. He actually is as corrupt as the Binays. Worse, he is a psychopath and a confessed murderer,” Trillanes said.
The senator a few months ago accused Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family of corruption, an issue that the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee investigated.
Trilllanes was a leading member of the committee.