IF you want to know how Rodrigo Duterte got himself out of the mess -- for now, until after the elections -- here it is:
He drafted the waiver for the opening of his account in such a way that the bank could sit on it until after the elections. The bank cited as reason the “non-standard form” that Digong’s lawyer submitted to the bank.
It wasn’t simply a request to open the bank account and show its transactions but to show only the current balance and certify that at no time was there a deposit, singly or collectively, of P211 million.
Whether the bank colluded with its depositor or not, Digong through his lawyer provided the excuse for making the delay, conveniently until after May 9.
Whistleblower Antonio Trillanes anticipated the move to limit disclosure to the current balance but not the form that the monkey wrench took.
At the Capitol, the question about the P747 million it “unloaded” to local governments during the election season remains inadequately unanswered. Did it go to ghost or substandard projects, as the Winston-Nerissa campaign alleges?
Whoever wins, the issue would spill over into the incoming administration. And “Mr. Clean” might not come out clean anymore.
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How not to get caught
The wife’s narration of that April 29 incident in Mabolo, Cebu City involving herself, her husband, and “the other woman,” all of whom are lawyers registered in Supreme Court roll of attorneys, told of how she caught her husband with the evidence of the crime.
Lawyers A and B were inside the room of the pension house, obviously not preparing for a court trial the next day. They would not come out when lawyer C, lawyer A’s wife, shouted for them to face her.
It was the police whom the wife had called that escorted them from the room, with their heads covered with towel or some other piece of cloth.
But here’s how lawyer A clearly bungled, according to “compañeros” who talked about it in a courtroom yesterday:
-- He chose a pension house very near his office and, worse, he parked his car at the said pension house. (If you ask Rodrigo Duterte if he would do the same, he’ll bark, “Ano ako, gago?”)
-- He kept texting his wife, lawyer C, where she was at the time, arousing her suspicion that there must be something wrong going on.
What lawyer A could’ve done, according to his “compañeros”:
-- He could’ve parked his car at a public place, say a mall or a general parking area, and took a cab to the place of assignation.
-- He should not have contacted his wife repeatedly. Shutting off would’ve been less suspicious and could be explained later.
“Maybe he wanted to be caught,” one remarked amid the courtroom chatter.
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