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DUTERTE READY TO RESIGN IF TRILLANES PROVES HIS P2-BILLION BANK DEPOSIT ALLEGATION
[RELATED: Trillanes - Duterte wants me dead]
[RELATED(2):  COMMENTARY: Trillanes to Duterte - Sign waiver of bank secrecy law addressed to BPI]


FEBRUARY 17 -President Rodrigo Duterte echoes his campaign to end corruption in government in his speech during the Bureau of Internal Revenue-Large Taxpayers Service Tax Campaign kick off at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Feb. 6, 2017. Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo
President Rodrigo Duterte denied Thursday Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s allegation that he has P2 billion in his bank accounts, saying he is ready to resign if the senator can prove that he has even just a quarter of the amount. In a video message released last night, Duterte said Trillanes, whom he called “tulisan” (brigand) was just bringing up an old issue that he already answered before he won the presidential race. “If Trillanes can prove his allegation that I have amassed P2 billion illegally or if that bank account under my name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion, I will resign as president immediately,” Duterte said. “This is actually an old and rehashed issue. I have answered this allegation before I became president. The people have already spoken they have placed me in the office with 16 million votes,” he added. Duterte tried to turn the tables on Trillanes as he accused him of using his office to ask for retainers, an act that he described has become a “lucrative business” for the senator. READ MORE...RELATED,
Trillanes: Duterte wants me dead...RELATED COMMENTARY, Trillanes to Duterte: Sign waiver of bank secrecy law addressed to BPI...

ALSO: Duterte orders AMLC - Reveal my true wealth, investigate Trillanes charges
[RELATED: Du30 - Trillanes keeps ‘retainers’ as senator]
[RELATED(2) COMMENTARY: More on the DeLima-Trillanes team]


FEBRUARY 18 -President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. ROBINSON NIÑAL/Presidential Photo President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to reveal his true wealth and investigate the accusations of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV that he has billions in the bank. “I have ordered AMLC and everybody to give information sa ano ang (on) what’s my worth in this, in terms of pesos in this planet so hindi ko kayo hiyain (I will not embarrass you),” Duterte said in a dinner with the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1967 at the Baguio Country Club on Friday. “I only receive a salary and that’s it. I do not accept my allowances. Wala po ako (I have none), I avoided it and it will be so until the end of my term,” he added. READ MORE...RELATED, Du30: Trillanes keeps ‘retainers’ as senator...RELATED(2), More on the DeLima-Trillanes team...

ALSO: Phl president asked to release bank account details; opposition Senator claims President amassed P2 B illegally
[RELATED: Duterte tells Trillanes - Ask banks to sue me (Sabihin nya sa banko mag-file ng raps kung totoo)]

[RELATED(2): AMLC told to scrutinize Duterte wealth - Abella]


FEBRUARY 16 -Philippine Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV shows documents as he speaks at a news conference at the Philippine Senate Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes pressed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday to publicly release details of his bank accounts to disprove allegations that he had large sums of undeclared money. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
(AP) - An opposition senator pressed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday to publicly release details of his bank accounts to disprove allegations that he had large sums of undeclared money. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV first alleged Duterte had unexplained wealth during the presidential campaign last year. He told a news conference he was raising the issue again because Duterte has not yet revealed details of the more than 2 billion pesos ($40 million) he allegedly kept in bank accounts as a former city mayor. Trillanes, one of Duterte's harshest critics and a navy officer once detained for a failed coup plot against a former president, said he would resign if Duterte can disprove the allegations. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte tells Trillanes: Ask banks to sue me (Sabihin nya sa banko mag-file ng raps kung totoo) RELATED(2) AMLC told to scrutinize Duterte wealth...

ALSO: 30th in the world - PH economic freedom ranking jumps from 70th to 58th


FEBRUARY 19 -30TH BEST IN THE WORLD Metro Manila sparkles at night as befits its recent inclusion among the “Global Top 30,” an elite roster of the world’s most populous, productive and connected cities, according to the global property consulting firm Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL). The JLL cited Metro Manila’s economic scale, vast population, large gross domestic product and BPO specialization as its competitive edge. JILSON SECKLER TIU Solid macro fundamentals sustained despite a change in administration last year helped the Philippines jump 12 spots to 58th in the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom (IEF) of Washington-based conservative political think tank The Heritage Foundation. In a statement Sunday, the government’s Investor Relations Office (IRO) claimed that with the Duterte administration’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda ultimately aimed at slashing the poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022 from 21.6 percent in 2015, the country’s economic freedom ranking is expected to further climb in the medium term. The Heritage Foundation’s latest annual global survey covering 186 countries showed that the country’s 2017 position leaped from 70th in the 2016 IEF due to a higher score of 65.6, up 2.5 points from last year. READ MORE...

ALSO: New U.S. travel ban to spare green card holders: Trump official


FEBRUARY 19 -People participate in a protest march calling for human rights and dignity for immigrants, in Los Angeles, February 18, 2017. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson / MANILA BULLETIN)
A new version of a Trump administration travel ban will not stop green card residency holders or travelers already on planes from entering the United States, U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly said on Saturday. U.S. President Donald Trump’s initial attempt to clamp down for security reasons on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and on refugees snarled to a halt amid a judicial backlash and chaos at airports. “The president is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first (order). And I will have opportunity to work (on) a rollout plan, in particular to make sure that there’s no one in a sense caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports,” Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference. Asked whether green card residency permit holders would be allowed in, Kelly said: “It’s a good assumption and, as far as the visas go, … if they’re in motion from some distant land to the United States, when they arrive they will be allowed in.” READ MORE...


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Duterte ready to resign if Trillanes proves P2B bank deposit allegation


President Rodrigo Duterte echoes his campaign to end corruption in government in his speech during the Bureau of Internal Revenue-Large Taxpayers Service Tax Campaign kick off at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Feb. 6, 2017. Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

MANILA, FEBRUARY 20, 2017 (PHILSTAR) By Alexis Romero February 17, 2017 - President Rodrigo Duterte denied Thursday Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s allegation that he has P2 billion in his bank accounts, saying he is ready to resign if the senator can prove that he has even just a quarter of the amount.

In a video message released last night, Duterte said Trillanes, whom he called “tulisan” (brigand) was just bringing up an old issue that he already answered before he won the presidential race.

“If Trillanes can prove his allegation that I have amassed P2 billion illegally or if that bank account under my name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion, I will resign as president immediately,” Duterte said.

“This is actually an old and rehashed issue. I have answered this allegation before I became president. The people have already spoken they have placed me in the office with 16 million votes,” he added.

Duterte tried to turn the tables on Trillanes as he accused him of using his office to ask for retainers, an act that he described has become a “lucrative business” for the senator.

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“Sen. Trillanes is on his last term and would have known nothing to lose if he would resign from office which explains his penchant for always daring president to resign,” the president said.

“It is known in the Senate that Trillanes uses his office to ask for retainers and this has become a lucrative business for him,” he added.


Philippine Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV speaks at a news conference at the Philippine Senate Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes pressed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday to publicly release details of his bank accounts to disprove allegations that he had large sums of undeclared money. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Duterte dared Trillanes to go to court and file cases against him. He also advised the senator “to stop opening his mouth when he has nothing to say anyway.”

The president also defended his partner Honeylet Avanceña and his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte from allegations that they have millions in their bank accounts.

Duterte said Avanceña runs a donut business and supplies meat to five malls in Davao City. He added that Sara, a lawyer, receives fees from clients

“(It’s) amusing how Trillanes came up with his accounting. He even included day to day banking transaction of my partner Honeylet. This just shows his ignorance with regard to the revenue and banking business,” the president said.

“He must have also have forgotten that my daughter Sara is a lawyer by profession and that she earns from this and that and she has clients who actually pay for her services and not from illegal retainers which Trillanes is so used to doing,” he added.

Duterte said he is not poor and that his father, a former governor, left him some inheritance.

“Ikaw? Anong naiwan sa iyo? Hangin pati yabang. Tulisan ka sa totoo lang. (What was left to you? Just arrogance. You are a brigand),” he said.

Duterte even mocked Trillanes’ participation in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny.

“May Mutiny mutiny ka pa wala ka naman palang b***g. Taas agad ang kamay pagdating ng pulis. Nakakahiya ka sa totoo lang (You staged a mutiny but you immediately raised your hands when the police came. You are embarrassing),” the president said.

“Ngayon kung ang pamilya mo gutom noon o ngayon huwag mo kami isali. Di kami kasingmalas sa pamilya mo (If your family is hungry, don’t drag us into this issue. We are not unfortunate us your family),” he added.

 
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Trillanes: Duterte wants me dead Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 16 2017 03:33 PM | Updated as of Feb 16 2017 04:06 PM


President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Composite

MANILA – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday claimed he had received information that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to have him killed.

Trillanes made this claim as he presented to the media documents that will supposedly prove that the president had amassed billions of pesos in hidden wealth.

“Given na iyan. Noon pa niya ako pinag-iinitan. Pinapapatay niya nga ako base sa impormasyon. Eh di tingnan natin,” Trillanes said in a news conference when asked whether he is bracing for a tirade from Duterte following his hidden wealth allegation.

Responding to Trillanes’ claim, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in regular Malacanang news briefing that the senator was just being “dramatic.”

In a news conference, Trillanes revived his allegation in April 2016 that then-presidential race frontrunner Duterte had bank transactions amounting to P2.407 billion.

READ: Trillanes revives corruption allegations vs Duterte

The senator presented documents claiming that bank accounts of Duterte and his three children, and some under the name of the president's partner, Cielito Avancena, have about P2-billion from 2006-2015.

Duterte’s chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo said, Trillanes’ claim was a mere rehash.

Abella, for his part, said Duterte had no time to respond to Trillanes' claims, as the chief executive is focused on nation-building.

"The good senator should devote his time to other issues...this is part of the political landscape where people can make noise," Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told ANC Thursday.

"The president is more focused on nation-building," he added.

Trillanes claimed that Duterte’s camp has yet to produce the transaction history of the BPI account allegedly housing billions of pesos. The senator said most of the money in the bank account have since been withdrawn.

BPI invoked bank secrecy laws and said it would not address allegations from Trillanes.

"In BPI, we adhere to all relevant and applicable Philippine banking laws and regulations. We value our clients’ trust and we are bound by the laws on client confidentiality," the bank said in a statement.

 
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Trillanes to Duterte: Sign waiver of bank secrecy law addressed to BPI By Ellen Tordesillas February 20, 2017


BY ELLEN TORDESILLAS

THE public should be more discerning this time with President Duterte’s bluster when confronted with the issue of his BPI bank accounts which have been recipients of deposits from 2006 to 2015 from several sources that reached more than P2 billion.

The President’s statement came after Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV revived his allegations made during the last weeks of the election campaign in April 2016, the truth of which never came out. It was in fact muddled by now presidential legal adviser Salvador Panelo with requests for unrelated balances.

In last week’s press conference, Trillanes gave additional information about other bank accounts of Duterte: with his common-law wife Cielito “Honeylet” Salvador Avanceña, P188 million); his son Paolo, P104 million, his daughter Sara, P121 million, and another son, Sebastian, P143 million.

News reports Friday quoted President Duterte as ordering the Anti-Money Laundering Council to give information about his “net worth.”

The news item was based on what he said at the dinner with Philippine Military Academy class of 1967, where he is an honorary member, at Baguio City Country Club. This is what he exactly said:

“Kaya ang gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo, because it’s politics again. It’s a rehash of what they… it is pure garbage. But you know I’m President, I’ve ordered AMLC and everybody to give information sa ano ang… what’s my worth in this… in terms of pesos in this planet. So hindi ko kayo hiyain. Walang anak ko o ako mismo, sa totoo lang. I have not signed any voucher even for myself. I only receive a salary and that’s it. I do not accept my allowances – wala po ako. I avoided it. And it will be so until the end of my term.”

As of today, there is no report if he has issued an official written order to AMLC. Trillanes said “Political bluff lang yan panawagan niya sa AMLC kasi alam niya hindi naman ito gagalaw basta basta ng walang formal written request. At kahit meron man, hindi mandato ng AMLC na magbilang ng networth ng sino man. (The call to AMLC is just a political bluff because he knows it will not move unless there’s a formal written request. And even if there’s one, it’s not the mandate of AMLC to count the net worth of anybody.)”

“Kaya ang pinakamadali ay pumirma siya ng waiver ng bank secrecy law na ddressed sa bangko para makita ng publiko ang transaction history ng mga accounts niya. (The easiest way is for him to sign a waiver of the bank secrecy law addressed to the bank so the public will see the transaction history of his accounts.)”

“Tama na yang mga bola mo Mr. President, buksan mo na kung wala kang tinatago. (Enough of the bluster, Mr. President. Just open if you are not hiding anything.)”

Last Thursday, Malacañang released a video message that didn’t address directly the issue of the millions of pesos in the different bank accounts. He in fact justified it by saying that his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is a lawyer and she earns from lawyering while his common-law life, Honeylet, has several stores and is also a meat supplier.

Besides, he said, his family was not poor: “Ngayon, kung pamilya mo gutom noon o ngayon, huwag mo kaming isali. Hindi kami kasing malas sa pamilya mo. Hindi kami mahirap rin. Tatay ko governor noon, may iniwan sa amin. (Don’t look at my family if yours starved or is still starving. We are not as unfortunate as your family. We are also not poor. My father was a governor, and he left us with something. How about you, what did (your father) leave you? Air and arrogance. You’re a bandit, that’s the truth).”

This is contrary to his earlier statements picturing himself as coming from a poor family that’s why he understands the problems of the poor. VERA Files Factcheck research revealed that on just two months ago, Dec. 16, before the Filipino community in Singapore, Duterte said: “ “Pero kailan man, I’m just a socialist. Anak lang ako ng mahirap eh. Anak lang ako ng migrant sa Mindanao. Ang tatay ko galing Cebu… Paano ako magkaroon ng mindset na isip mayaman? So always ang ano ko is ‘yung namulatan ko sa mata ko ang hirap (I will forever be a socialist because I was born poor. I’m just the son of a migrant to Mindanao. My father came from Cebu…How can I have a mindset of the rich? So I was made aware of poverty from a young age).”

In another speech on Sept. 12, 2016, during the oath-taking of his appointees in Malacañang, he also underscored his humble beginnings: “Hindi naman ako imbitado dito sa Maynila ng mga social gathering. I was nobody. Who would ever invite me doon sa debut ni, debut, debut, debut? Wala kami noon. Mahirap lang kami. “(I wasn’t invited here in Manila during social gatherings. I was nobody. Who would ever invite to someone’s debut, debut, debut, debut? We had nothing then. We were poor.)

Duterte challenged Trillanes to go to court.

Trillanes said he has already filed a plunder case against Duterte before the Ombudsman:

“Ppara sa kaalaman ng lahat, nag-file na ako ng plunder case against Pres. Duterte noong May 2016 pa at ginamit kong ebidensya ang mga hawak kong mga dokumento ukol sa questionable bank transactions nya. Kaya nananawagan din ako sa Ombudsman na paspasan na ang imbestigasyon nila tungkol dito.”

Trillanes did not fall into the trap of Duterte diverting the issue with his personal insults to him: “Tungkol naman sa mga pag-iinsulto nya sa akin, hindi ko na sya papatulan. Pero hindi ko rin hahayaan na ilihis niya yung issue.”


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Duterte orders AMLC: Reveal my true wealth, probe Trillanes charges By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQINQUIRER.net / 09:11 PM February 17, 2017


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. ROBINSON NIÑAL/Presidential Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to reveal his true wealth and investigate the accusations of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV that he has billions in the bank.

“I have ordered AMLC and everybody to give information sa ano ang (on) what’s my worth in this, in terms of pesos in this planet so hindi ko kayo hiyain (I will not embarrass you),” Duterte said in a dinner with the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1967 at the Baguio Country Club on Friday.

“I only receive a salary and that’s it. I do not accept my allowances. Wala po ako (I have none), I avoided it and it will be so until the end of my term,” he added.

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On Thursday, Trillanes repeated his claims that Duterte had over P2 billion in the bank.

READ: Trillanes to Duterte: Explain P2.2B in banks

The senator said it has been months since he first exposed Duterte’s bank accounts during the campaign season but Duterte has yet to reveal the history of his bank transactions.

During the dinner with military officials, the President called Trillanes’ accusations as garbage.

READ: Prove bank accounts and I’ll resign immediately, Duterte tells Trillanes

“It’s pure garbage,” he said. IDL

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Du30: Trillanes keeps ‘retainers’ as senator Written by Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (L) and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER/CDN FILE PHOTOS

President Duterte struck back at Sen. Antonio Trillanes in his hometown Davao City, calling him a ‘tulisan’ (thief) and corrupting his Senate post by engaging in the “lucrative business” of accepting retainers from lobby groups.

“It is known in the Senate that Trillanes uses his office to ask for retainers and that this has become a lucrative business for him,” the President said.

He issued this statement following accusations from Trillanes that he amassed P2 billion illegally and was deposited in bank accounts of members of his family.

Trillanes last Thursday revived the issue on the alleged bank accounts of Mr. Duterte and his family and showed a list of bank accounts that are named under the President’s children — Davo City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio with P121 million; Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte with P104 million, and Sebastian Duterte with P143 million.

Trillanes likewise alleged that the President’s common-law wife, Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, has P188 million, and a presidential friend, Samuel Uy, P118 million, in bank deposits.

While Trillanes’ accusation is a rehashed issue, Duterte challenged Trillanes to go to court, file the proper case and prove his allegations and if Trillanes is successful, he will immediately quit the presidency.

Mr. Duterte said he would resign immediately if Trillanes can prove his allegation that he amassed P2 billion or if the bank account under his name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion (P500 million).

“I advise him further to stop opening his mouth when he has nothing to say anyway,” he added.

The President defended his daughter Sara, who he said has been earning as a lawyer with clients actually paying for her services and “not from illegal retainers which Trillanes is so used to so doing.”

Mr. Duterte said Avancena, who were among those Trillanes accused of having hidden wealth, has also her businesses, a doughnut business and meat supplier in five malls in the city, for the past 18 years.

“Trillanes, you know, Honeylet started her doughnut business 18 years ago. She supplies meat in five malls here in Davao, she supplies pork,” the President said.

Mr. Duterte said Avancena has earned her money through hard work and perseverance. “Not like you, who is too ambitious,” he added.

He further lashed back at Trillanes poking into even the day-to-day banking transactions of Avancena.

“This just shows his ignorance with regard to the banking business, the people who have personal businesses,” he said as he asked Trillanes not to compare his family to him. “Now if your family is hungry then and now, do not include us. We are not as unlucky as your family,” he said.

He added that they were not also poor because his father, the late Vicente Duterte, was governor (when Davao was not yet divided into two provinces) and left them an inheritance. Unlike them, Duterte said what was left with Trillanes were just “hangin at yabang” (air and arrogance).

He also labeled Trillanes as a failure, citing the failed Oakwood mutiny that the senator led years ago.

He said Trillanes is not even afraid to resign because the senator is on his last term and would have nothing to lose if he would resign from office, which explains his penchant for daring him to resign.

Pres. Duterte emphasized the senator has no political career after his term in office expires in less than two years.
The president labeled the issue hurled against him as “old and rehashed” and that he had answered the accusations during the campaign period.

Siblings issue dare

Mr. Duterte’s son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte also challenged Trillanes to prove his wild allegations.

“If this senator (Trillanes), whose name is not worth mentioning, could prove that I have those millions in the said bank accounts, then I will give them all to the victims of the earthquake in Surigao,” Vice Mayor Duterte said in a statement.

He said Trillanes has been throwing wild accusations against him and the rest of the members of his family.

“He earlier accused me of being a drug user and when I had proven that I am not, now he accuses me of having millions in questionable wealth,” he pointed out.

In the same statement, the vice mayor suggested that Trillanes take a psychiatric test “as something is very very wrong with his mind.”

He also asked the senator to resign from his post, saying: “You resign. Do not make give alibis. You are a useless senator and the people of the Philippines no longer believe in you.”

SARA DUTERTE

The previous day, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio also dared Trillanes to prove his claims.

“If Trillanes can show where my alleged P121 million is right now and how it became illegal, let’s get it and we’ll give it all to you,” Mayor Sara said in a statement.

“I never pretended to be what I am not,” Mayor Sara pointed out.

Sara said she is deferring to her father, to answer the challenge of Trillanes.

”Let us allow PRD (the President) to decide on how he wants this issue to go down,” she said.

Meanwhile, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano hit at Trillanes for once again throwing “false accusations” against President Duterte.

CAYETANO

In a statement, Cayetano deemed the accusation as another desperate attempt by the senator to stop the reforms that are happening under the Duterte administration.

The senator defended the President against the claims and reminded how, during the campaign, they were the only tandem who signed a bank secrecy waiver to make public all their bank accounts.

Cayetano expressed surprise why Trillanes is trying to revive an issue that had long been settled.

Persistent critic

Trillanes urged Duterte anew to disclose his bank records rather than engage in bad-mouthing him.

“I will not answer him back,” the senator said in a text message to reporters regarding the insults he received from the President.

Instead, Trillanes pressed for the full disclosure of Duterte’s bank accounts reiterating that he’s willing to sacrifice his career as a senator if proven wrong.

Trillanes also called on the Office of the Ombudsman to expedite the investigation of the plunder case he filed against the President which he filed in May last year using the same documents that he presented Thursday on the alleged questionable bank transactions of Duterte and his family members.

Trillanes’ colleague, Sen. JV Ejercito, came to the defense of Duterte as he expressed strong reservations on the authenticity of claims of the former that the President has amassed wealth even while he was still Davao City mayor.

Ejercito himself could attest to the fact that Duterte has been always been known to be living a simple life.

In the years that he had come to know the President, Ejercito said there has never been an instance where he and Duterte ate at a fancy restaurant.

“We usually eat at Conching’s sugbaan which is a simple restaurant without even an airconditioner. Then we will eat durian sold on the streets,” he said, referring to a popular food spot in Davao that offers native grilled chicken.

That is why, the senator said, he seriously doubts the claims of his colleague, that Duterte has been keeping huge cash deposits in his supposed undisclosed bank accounts.

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More on the DeLima-Trillanes team By Dahli Aspillera February 20, 2017


By Dahli Aspillera

THE President’s reply should have been, Ano ka, sinuswerte? You spew accusations at me, weave falsehoods. Every lawyer knows7 that the accuser provides proof and evidence without help from whoever he is accusing.” Antonio Trillanes is ordering the President to help with, support his lies!

Leila de Lima should have counselled her dear friend and defender, Trillanes that President Duterte is not expected to provide his accuser with proof and evidence to support absurd accusations.

In judicial procedures, it is for the accuser, Trillanes himself, to show evidence and proof of his accusations. Trillanes adds, “If proven that I am lying, I’ll immediately resign as senator.” Trillanes is swift to say he will resign for the reason that in about three years, he’s finished as senator.

Why didn’t the De Lima/Trillanes legal team inform Trillanes that it is for him to show proof of his accusations against the President; and not expect the President to support his lies? Trillanes expecting cooperation from the President shows Trillanes’s intellectual limitations.

CALLS FOR TRILLANES TO BEST JOIN ISIS OR NPA

Trillanes should have been listening to AM Call-in radios this past week, and heard all the assaults and damning that callers from all over the country were saying against him. One suggesting that he ought to escape and best join the ISIS or NPA.

Recalling his cowardice at his attempted mutiny, he may not be an asset to the NPA. He does not believe in fighting to death. Reports are that he just quietly surrendered, put up his hands, when the police cornered him at the Peninsula Hotel where he hid.

(The police tracked the mutiner Trillanes down hiding in a room at the Peninsula Hotel. The authorities drove a tank up the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel lobby. The authorities, determined to ferret out this rebel, swooped right into the 5-star Pen lobby, running the tank past the entrance, destroying 52 elegant lobby easy chairs, tables, etc. during that failed mutiny.)

Leila de Lima, a sitting senator, a former justice secretary, a human rights chair, faces trial for allowing illegal drug business at Bilibid Prison, the profits of which were alleged to have paid for her senatorial campaign. These charges which are non-bailable under the country’s strict anti-drug law.

“I have long prepared myself to be the first political prisoner under this regime because the criminal charges and prosecution are nothing less than a politically motivated act by the Duterte regime.” The woman makes it sound like she is completely innocent, utterly victimized--of the drug raps against her, calling her case a travesty of justice.

Can all De Lima investigators (Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, senior assistant state prosecutor Peter Ong, senior assistant city prosecutors Alexander Ramos, Leila Llanes, Evangeline Viudez-Canobas; ASSISTANT STATE PROSECUTOR Editha Fernandez, Justice Undersecretary Eric Balmes, prosecutor witnesses Herbert Colanggo, Engelberto Acenas Durano, Vicente Sy, Jojo Baligad, Wu Tuan Yuan alias Peter Co, Froiland Poypoy Lacson Trestiza; members of the Volunteers Against Crime & Corruption (VACC); former NBI officials Ruel Lasala and Reynaldo Esmeralda, Atty. Salvador Panelo, Court of Appeals associate justices Nina Antonio Valenzuela, Romeo Barza, Edwin Sorogonon and the Special 6th Division of the Court of Appeals, Rep. Harry Roque, etc.) all be wrong?

Were all these people who found fault in Leila De Lima politically coerced and became lapdogs to commit travesty of justice? Four ethics complaints were also filed vs De Lima. The latest by Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque: For allegedly conniving with Rep. Ron Salo, who was chair of the board of trustees of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCoe) Love Foundation. Rep. Salo, who had a long standing relationship with De Lima allegedly was displeased with the way Rep. Roque questioned Ronnie Dayan, De Lima’s driver, with whom De Lima admitted have an affair despite Dayan being a married man. Rep. Roque alleges that Salo moved to oust him as nominee of Kabayan party-list.

Another ethics complaint against De Lima was filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, House majority leader Rodolfo Farinas and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali.

The complaints from the leaders of the House were based on the alleged advice De Lima gave to Dayan not to attend the hearing of the House commitee on justice on the proliferation of drugs a the National Bureau of Prison.


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Philippine president asked to release bank account details By Associated Press PUBLISHED: 16:48 GMT, 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:48 GMT, 16 February 2017


Philippine Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV shows documents as he speaks at a news conference at the Philippine Senate Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes pressed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday to publicly release details of his bank accounts to disprove allegations that he had large sums of undeclared money. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


MANILA, Philippines (AP) - An opposition senator pressed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday to publicly release details of his bank accounts to disprove allegations that he had large sums of undeclared money.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV first alleged Duterte had unexplained wealth during the presidential campaign last year. He told a news conference he was raising the issue again because Duterte has not yet revealed details of the more than 2 billion pesos ($40 million) he allegedly kept in bank accounts as a former city mayor.

Trillanes, one of Duterte's harshest critics and a navy officer once detained for a failed coup plot against a former president, said he would resign if Duterte can disprove the allegations.

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Duterte angrily reacted to the allegations, saying he would resign immediately if Trillanes can prove his claim of large amounts amassed illegally.

"This is actually an old and rehashed issue," Duterte said in a statement, adding that Filipinos still voted him into power even after Trillanes made his allegations during the campaign.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte would not release those bank details "in response to grandstanding," but suggested the president may do so as part of a legal process.

The president's daughter, Mayor Inday Sara Duterte of Davao city, reacted to the allegations by saying if Trillanes could show where her alleged unexplained wealth "is right now and how it became illegal, let's get it and I'll give it to all of you."

"I know he will not release and he will not accept my challenge because it will be proven that he is really a corrupt official," Trillanes said.

In May, Trillanes released documents he said were handed to him by a concerned citizen purportedly showing 2.4 billion pesos ($48 million) flowed into Duterte's various bank accounts from 2006 to 2015, representing alleged unexplained wealth the mayor failed to declare as required by law.

Trillanes and Duterte's lawyer then went to a branch of the Bank of the Philippines Islands, where Duterte and his daughter allegedly had an undeclared deposit of more than 200 million pesos ($4 million) in a joint account.

Lawyer Salvador Panelo said that Duterte had authorized him to request the bank to open the account but that bank officials told him it would take seven days to study the request. Trillanes said the account has not been opened to scrutiny.

Duterte has projected himself as a politician who rose from poverty and still lives a modest life in a rundown house in Davao city, where he served as a longtime mayor. He has faced criticism for his brutal crackdown on illegal drugs that has left thousands of mostly poor suspected drug users dead.

Duterte said his daughter was a lawyer who earned from her profession and that his common-law wife has built a fortune from her longtime doughnut business and by supplying pork meat to five shopping malls in Davao city.

Duterte did not directly address Trillanes's demand for disclosure of transaction details from specific bank accounts.


Philippine Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV speaks at a news conference at the Philippine Senate Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Trillanes pressed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday to publicly release details of his bank accounts to disprove allegations that he had large sums of undeclared money. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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Duterte tells Trillanes: Ask banks to sue me ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 17 2017 07:05 PM


President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Composite

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday challenged Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to ask banks to file charges to prove the latter's allegations that the President has billions in his and his family's bank accounts.

Speaking at the sidelines of his visit to the wake of fallen soldiers in Davao City, Duterte cursed Trillanes and challenged the senator to order banks to file cases.

"Sabihin niyang bangko ang mag-file ng kaso kung talagang totoo. Hindi siya. G*g* siya," Duterte said.

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The President on Thursday night said he will resign immediately if Trillanes can prove his allegations that he and his family have billions of pesos in ill-gotten wealth in their bank accounts.

Trillanes alleged in April 2016 that then-presidential race frontrunner Duterte had bank transactions amounting to P2.407 billion.

On Thursday, Trillanes presented documents claiming that bank accounts of Duterte and his three children, and some under the name of the president's partner, Cielito Avancena, had about P2 billion from 2006-2015.

Trillanes said Duterte should come forward and prove him wrong. If his allegations are proven wrong, Trillanes said he will resign from his senatorial post.


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AMLC told to scrutinize Duterte wealth posted February 20, 2017 at 12:01 am by Sandy Araneta


Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

THE Anti-Money Laundering Council will have to do what it has to do after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered it to reveal his net worth following the accusations he has P2 billion in illegal bank accounts, Malacañang said on Sunday.

“I don’t know about the accusations, but everything depends on the AMLC. They have to do what they have to do,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella told the state-run dzRB radio.

He said Duterte’s family started out poor, but eventually it was able to save money and left him an inheritance.

“They really had nothing, they were government employees so there was nothing there,” Abella said.

Except they were able to save, and when the father died he left an inheritance.”

Duterte had said he had ordered the AMLC to produce documents showing his net worth.

“I’ve ordered the AMLC and everybody to give information on what’s my worth in this planet,” Duterte told the members of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1967.

Duterte was at a dinner with them at the Baguio Country Club on Feb. 17, the night before the PMA Homecoming. He is an honorary member of the PMA Class of 1967.

Duterte said he wanted to address the accusations of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that he had as much as P2.4 billion in bank accounts that he failed to declare in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth.

Though he called the allegations a “rehash” and “pure garbage,” he insisted that he and the members of his family never obtained money illegally.

“I have not signed any voucher even for myself. I only receive a salary and that’s it. I do not accept my allowances. None for me. I avoided it and it will be so until the end of my term,” Duterte said.

He told the Class of 1967 that he would resign immediately if he or his family was involved in corruption.

He said the allegations against him would not make him back down from his promise to rid the government of corruption.


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PH economic freedom ranking jumps from 70th to 58th By: Ben O. de Vera - Reporter / @bendeveraINQInquirer Business / 05:51 PM February 19, 2017


30TH BEST IN THE WORLD Metro Manila sparkles at night as befits its recent inclusion among the “Global Top 30,” an elite roster of the world’s most populous, productive and connected cities, according to the global property consulting firm Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL). The JLL cited Metro Manila’s economic scale, vast population, large gross domestic product and BPO specialization as its competitive edge. JILSON SECKLER TIU


Solid macro fundamentals sustained despite a change in administration last year helped the Philippines jump 12 spots to 58th in the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom (IEF) of Washington-based conservative political think tank The Heritage Foundation.

In a statement Sunday, the government’s Investor Relations Office (IRO) claimed that with the Duterte administration’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda ultimately aimed at slashing the poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022 from 21.6 percent in 2015, the country’s economic freedom ranking is expected to further climb in the medium term.

The Heritage Foundation’s latest annual global survey covering 186 countries showed that the country’s 2017 position leaped from 70th in the 2016 IEF due to a higher score of 65.6, up 2.5 points from last year.

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The IRO noted that the Philippines’ 2017 score exceeded not only the global average of 60.9 but also Asia-Pacific’s 60.4.

The IRO quoted The Heritage Foundation as attributing the gains in the country’s higher score as well as ranking to “notable successes in fiscal policy, government spending and monetary stability.”

According to the IRO, The Heritage Foundation’s IEF measures economic freedom based on 12 quantitative as well as qualitative factors that were being grouped into four broad categories or pillars, namely: government size (fiscal health, government spending and tax burden); open markets (financial, investment and trade freedom); regulatory efficiency (business, labor and monetary freedom); as well as rule of law (government integrity, judicial effectiveness and property rights).

“The IEF reveals a positive relationship between economic freedom and a variety of positive social and economic goals such as poverty elimination, greater per capita wealth, healthier societies, cleaner environments, and democracy,” the IRO noted.

In the 2017 IEF report, The Heritage Foundation “highlighted the country’s solid economic performance amid a challenging global economic environment,” according to the IRO.

“The Philippines has achieved notable economic expansion, driven by the economy’s strong export performance and inflows of remittances,” The Heritage Foundation said.

The Philippine economy grew 6.8 percent last year, among the fastest in the region, as both public and private consumption and investment increased amid solid fundamentals.

In 2016, cash sent home through banks by Filipinos living and working abroad hit a record $26.9 billion, up 5 percent from $25.607 billion in 2015 to surpass the government’s 4-percent growth target.

The latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data also showed that the 2016 foreign direct investment target was already exceeded during the first 11 months, as end-November net inflows reached $6.973 billion, up 25.4 percent year-on-year as well as higher than the $6.7-billion goal for the entire year.

Also, the Philippine government “continues to pursue legislative reforms to enhance the overall entrepreneurial environment and develop a stronger private sector that is needed to generate broader-based job growth,” the IRO quoted The Heritage Foundation as saying.

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In the 2017 IEF, the country posted the highest jump in monetary freedom of 18 notches to 68th from 86th last year.

The IRO also noted of high rankings on government spending (22nd) as well as fiscal health (26th).

The Heritage Foundation also underscored the stability of the country’s financial sector, adding that in 2016, the central bank announced that it would end a 17-year moratorium on the granting of new banking licenses,” the IRO added.

Given the 2017 IEF ranking, the Philippines’ economic freedom was deemed “moderately free,” the IRO said.

“According to The Heritage Foundation, economies tagged as ‘moderately free’ provide institutional environments in which individuals and private enterprises benefit from at least a moderate degree of economic freedom in the pursuit of greater competitiveness, growth and prosperity,” according to the IRO.

The IRO quoted economic managers as attributing the country’s higher economic ranking as well as score to “gains from policy reforms undertaken by the government to maintain macroeconomic stability and enhance the country’s business and investment environment.”

“The BSP’s firm commitment to maintain price stability and promote a sound and inclusive financial sector and the positive results we have achieved thus far have contributed to the big improvement of the Philippines’ IEF ranking,” Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said.

“The benign inflation environment has enabled the economy to further accelerate in 2016, a remarkable feat given the uncertainty and volatility in the global scene. With the BSP’s relentless efforts to pursue proactive reforms to improve governance and risk management in banks, the Philippine banking system remains a pillar of strength that will support the rapid pace of growth of the economy,” Tetangco added.

For his part, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said that “the significant jump in our country’s ranking in the 2017 IEF by 12 rungs from 70th to 58th validates the assiduous efforts by the Philippine government to sustain high growth and achieve economic inclusion by freeing some six million Filipinos from poverty.”

“For the Philippines to aspire to move up higher from the ‘moderately free’ to the ‘mostly free’ category in the near future, the Duterte administration needs to pursue without letup its comprehensive tax reform program along with other bold reform initiatives to keep the high-growth momentum, upgrade the living standards of the Filipino poor, eliminate official corruption, and improve the ease of doing business in order to attract more investments and create jobs for all,” Dominguez added.

According to the IRO, the IEF is “an annual index and ranking created by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal in 1995 to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world’s nations.”

“The IEF ranking of countries is used as input by other institutions for their respective governance and competitiveness ratings, such as the World Bank for its Worldwide Governance Indicators. Likewise, the index is used by some institutions in formulating policy,” the IRO explained.


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New U.S. travel ban to spare green card holders: Trump official 7 SHARES Share it! Updated February 19, 2017, 10:32 AM By Reuters


People participate in a protest march calling for human rights and dignity for immigrants, in Los Angeles, February 18, 2017. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson / MANILA BULLETIN)

A new version of a Trump administration travel ban will not stop green card residency holders or travelers already on planes from entering the United States, U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly said on Saturday.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s initial attempt to clamp down for security reasons on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and on refugees snarled to a halt amid a judicial backlash and chaos at airports.

“The president is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first (order). And I will have opportunity to work (on) a rollout plan, in particular to make sure that there’s no one in a sense caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports,” Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference.

Asked whether green card residency permit holders would be allowed in, Kelly said: “It’s a good assumption and, as far as the visas go, … if they’re in motion from some distant land to the United States, when they arrive they will be allowed in.”

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He promised “a short phase-in period to make sure that people on the other end don’t get on airplanes. But if they’re on an airplane and inbound, they’ll be allowed to enter the country.”

A draft of the replacement executive order shows that the administration aims to put restrictions on citizens of the same seven Muslim-majority countries covered by the initial order, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cites an internal State Department memo.

The replacement order could be issued as early as Tuesday, the Journal reported, citing a U.S. government official.

The administration would seek to implement the new order a week to two weeks after it is signed, and covers citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, the Journal said.

Trump’s original order, which he said was meant to head off attacks by Islamist militants, barred people from those same countries from entering for 90 days and excluded all refugees for 120 days, except those from Syria, who were banned indefinitely.

The abrupt implementation of the order last month plunged the immigration system into chaos, sparking a wave of criticism from the countries affected, and from Western allies and some of America’s leading corporations, especially technology firms.


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