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Rody’s bank records open to all, except to Trillanes

By Ted Tuvera
and Angie M. Rosales

President Duterte’s bank records are open for scrutiny even to members of the political opposition, Malacañang assured yesterday.
The access to the President’s bank records, however, is specifically a no-no for opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Duterte’s chief mouthpiece Harry Roque said.
“The President is clearly saying that anybody, even those in the opposition, can take a look at his bank accounts to confirm that it does not contain beyond P40 million,” Roque told reporters at a Palace briefing.
Pressed to explain why only Trillanes is not allowed to obtain such documents, the Palace official stressed: “The President really dislikes Trillanes.”
Meanwhile, Roque denied that Mr. Duterte gave his bank records to the anti-corruption body he created for scrutiny.
The Palace official said it was relayed to him Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) chairman Dante Jimenez that the Chief Executive did not give his accounts to them.
“The chairman of the PACC told me that it is not true that the President gave his bank records to them,” he said.
President Duterte, on Tuesday night, said the PACC can get hold of his bank records for investigation.
“You, anytime, I will give you the authority (to open my bank accounts),” Mr. Duterte said, addressing members of the PACC.
“You want to know my bank accounts? I’ll give it to you, right now. No joke. Or if you have siblings in Central Bank, I will not take it against you. Go ahead and open the computer,” he added.
The President said that his political opponents cannot suck any information directly from him.
“But if you’re my enemy in politics? If you want evidence, do not get it from my mouth or make me do the effort,” Mr. Duterte said.
“Honestly, you won’t find anything in it,” he added.
Duterte declared a P28,428,862.44 total of assets in his 2016 year-end Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) declared last April 2017. He has a P1 million loan to a certain Samuel Uy making his net worth stand at P27,428,862.44.
His cash on hand was at P18,453,862.44 as of Dec. 31, 2016.
Trillanes revealed supposed bank accounts owned by the President’s three children: Davao City Mayor Duterte-Carpio with P121 million, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte with P104 million, and Sebastian Duterte with P143 million.
The President’s common-law wife Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña is also accused by the lawmaker to have P188 million in her bank account.
For his part, Trillanes IV dared Duterte anew to make make good his pronouncements on opening up his bank accounts to disprove charges of alleged ill-gotten wealth.
“For me, nothing sort of signing a waiver will satisfy the public,” he said.
The senator, who accused Duterte of keeping alleged hundreds of millions to even billions of undisclosed bank deposits, was asked on the latest Palace pronouncements where the Chief Executive was quoted saying that he would allow the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) to investigate his purported bank accounts.
Trillanes was not impressed, saying that the President the body but appointed those known to be politically close to him.
The senator also pointed out that the President has kept on claiming that he’s willing to resign if it will be proven that he has been keeping millions of undisclosed deposits.
“How many times did he say that. That must be done in the spirit of transparency. He should lead the way,” Trillanes said.

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