DAVAO City Mayor and presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte had at least P211 million in an account at a bank branch in Metro Manila in 2014 but failed to declare it in his statement of assets, liabilities, and networth (SALN), Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Wednesday.
"That (Duterte's P211-million bank account) is just the tip of the iceberg. You have no idea how wealthy Duterte is," Trillanes, a 2016 vice presidential hopeful, said in a television interview.
Trillanes, who is supporting the presidential bid of his colleague Senator Grace Poe, said his camp validated Duterte’s bank account and noted that it was under the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch in Julia Vargas Avenue in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
"I stand by my track record in exposing political pretenders like Mayor Duterte," Trillanes said. "I am now so motivated to make sure that he doesn’t become the president of our country."
But Duterte's running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, hit back at Trillanes, saying his allegation "is obviously a desperate ploy to bring down Mayor Duterte and promote Senator Trillanes' preferred presidential bet, Senator Grace Poe."
"It's quite sad that a supposed principled man like Trillanes will resort to such a cheap and shameful gimmick. It’s a pitiful sight to see Senator Trillanes reduce himself from being a protector of the people to a 'Poetector,'" Cayetano said in a statement.
Cayetano said Duterte has nothing to hide and is, in fact, the "only presidential candidate to sign a bank secrecy waiver".
"It's unfortunate that Senator Trillanes comes out with a cheap tricks, despite the throng of consultants or Poetectors on his payroll. If the only thing they can come up with is a baseless accusation against Mayor Duterte, clearly, they have nothing on him," Cayetano said.
"I asked the people who yearn for real change not to be distracted and fooled by their desperate antics. We must remain focused. The enemies of change are clearly panicking. They are scared. They are throwing the entire kitchen sink at Mayor Duterte. They have all the reasons to be scared," he added. (Sunnex)