Duterte to Trillanes: Hindi kami kasing malas sa pamilya mo

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

The President is also unperturbed by Trillanes' dare to resign, saying that he would resign immediately if Trillanes can prove his allegation that he amassed P2 billion illegally, or if the bank account under his name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV told a news conference on Thursday that he was raising the issue once again, because Duterte has not yet disclosed details of an estimated $44m he allegedly kept in bank accounts as a former mayor of Davao City. Trillanes said he got the documents from a "concerned citizen".

Pres. Duterte emphasized the senator has no political career after his term in office expires in less than two years.

Duterte has retained a high popularity rating in the Philippines despite repeated attacks at home and overseas that prompted him to suspend the police's involvement in a drugs war that has killed more than 3,000 people.

The senator revived his challenge on Duterte to release his bank accounts to prove that his accusation is false.

"I read the press statement of Trillanes and the challenge to answer the allegations was addressed to the President". Since he enjoys immunity as president, any allegations into illegal wealth and disclosure failures would need to be raised at an impeachment trial in Congress, which is controlled by his allies. His common-law wife, Honeylet Avancena, went into the doughnut business 18 years ago and supplies meat to five malls in Davao, he said. Unlike them, Duterte said what was left with Trillanes were just "hangin at yabang".

Trillanes also revealed that the Duterte family received $2.4m from a Davao City businessman, who also contributed more than $600,000 to Duterte's campaign. "I never pretended to be what I am not", she added.

Salvador Panelo, Duterte's chief legal adviser, called the accusations an old story that surfaced prior to the May election, adding that Trillanes, who led a failed coup of the Philippine government in 2003, is merely seeking publicity.

Also in response to the allegations Duterte's spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said Duterte may release a history of all his bank transactions "if necessary". He said despite the allegations, 16 million people still voted for him and placed him in the office. The case was filed before the Ombudsman.

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