Monday July 16, 2018

Palace respects Ombudsman probe into Duterte's wealth

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday said it respects the Office of the Ombudsman's probe into the supposed ill-gotten wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive branch was confident that the Ombudsman would conduct an impartial investigation on Duterte's reported multi-billion peso networth.

"The President respects the internal processes of the Ombudsman as an independent body and trusts its impartiality in the conduct of its fact-finding duty," Abella said in a statement.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang to look into the allegation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that Duterte and his family had amassed billions of pesos through corrupt activities.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of Duterte, has repeatedly accused the President and his family of pocketing money collected from illegal activities and funneling it into several bank accounts.

The senator has alleged that Duterte had bank transactions amounting to P2.4 billion from 2006 to 2015.

He has also divulged that Duterte failed to declare in his 2014 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Networth the P211-million purportedly deposited in the Bank of the Philippine Island-Julia Vargas branch in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

The President has repeatedly denied Trillanes' allegations and in turn accused the senator of owning several offshore bank accounts.

Abella was confident that the investigation would not find anomalous acts committed by Duterte, noting that the Chief Executive has been transparent about his life.

"The President has nothing to hide," he said.

At the 120th anniversary celebration of Department of Justice on Tuesday, Duterte reiterated that he would willingly give up the presidency if corruption allegations hurled against him and his family will be proven true. (SunStar Philippines)