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DUTERTE MAY RELEASE HISTORY OF BANK ACCOUNTS ONLY 'WHEN NECESSARY', NOT IN RESPONSE TO PERSISTENT TRILLANES 'GRANDSTANDING'
[RELATED Hidden wealth? Digong linked to 41 properties - Trillanes claimed in media news April 2016]
[RELATED(2): Finance chief Dominguez presses easing of bank secrecy law; setting back Duterte's anti-crime campaign]
[ALSO: Duterte crime fight needs boost from banking laws - BSP contender]


FEBRUARY 16 -President Rodrigo Duterte orders the police officers facing various charges to be detailed in Basilan for two years during their presentation to the president in Malacañan on Feb. 7, 2017. The president gave the errant cops 15 days to decide whether to resign or accept their re-assignment in Basilan. Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photo
President Rodrigo Duterte may release the history of his bank transactions “when necessary” but not in response to “grandstanding,” Malacañang said Thursday after Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV revived his allegation that the chief executive has undeclared wealth. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Trillanes was just rehashing old issues when he dared Duterte to disprove that he has more than P2 billion in his bank counts, an allegation that surfaced days before the May 2016 polls. “Basically this is old ground. It’s a rehash of the items already discussed three days before the election. Basically he (Trillanes) is just bringing up old issues,” Abella said in a press briefing. “Now, if he truly has something in mind, he probably should just go to proper authorities to be able to lay down something like this. It’s best to just do it according to due process,” he added. READ MORE...RELATED,
Hidden wealth? Digong linked to 41 properties... RELATED(2), Finance chief presses easing of bank secrecy law; setting back Duterte's anti-crime campaign...

ALSO: What went before - Trillanes accuses Duterte of having P227-M in bank account
[ALSO, Duterte crime fight needs boost from banking laws: BSP contender]
[RELATED: Rebuffed, Trillanes presses Duterte to open bank account]


FEBRUARY 17 -Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE
On April 27, 2016, the Inquirer reported that President Duterte, according to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, had at least P227 million in an account at a bank branch in Metro Manila that he did not declare in his latest statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). Mr. Duterte denied the existence of the account in the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City, which allegedly contained the big amount. “I will not play into their hands by issuing a waiver. The account is nonexistent,” he told the Inquirer in a phone interview. In a news conference at the Magdalo headquarters in Quezon City on April 28, 2016, Trillanes dared then presidential candidate Duterte to sign a waiver that would allow the opening and scrutiny of his bank accounts, and to file a libel case against him if the allegations were false. READ MORE...ALSO, Duterte crime fight needs boost from banking laws: BSP contender...RELATED,
Rebuffed, Trillanes presses Duterte to open bank account...

ALSO:
Rody blasts Trillanes - ‘File case against me in court now or stop opening your mouth’
[RELATED: Presidential son Paolo Duterte to Trillanes: Rot in hell for all we care]
[RELATED(2): Sara Duterte - I'll give away P121M if Trillanes can show where it is, prove it's illegal]


FEBRUARY 16 -PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday hit back at Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, calling the opposition lawmaker a “tulisan” (bandit) after the latter’s bid to resurrect allegations he hid more than P2 billion in secret bank accounts. Duterte delivered the stinging rebuke in a three-minute video uploaded on Facebook shortly before midnight. He accused Trillanes of being in the business of asking for “retainers,” and defended members of his family whose names were dragged by the former navy officer: his partner Honeylet Avanceña and daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, the mayor of Davao City. “You know, Trillanes, Honeylet started her doughnut business 18 years ago. She supplies meat to five malls here in Davao. That woman has a lot of money. She’s industrious, unlike you who’s ambitious,” the President said. READ MORE...RELATED, Paolo Duterte to Trillanes: Rot in hell for all we care.... RELATED, Sara Duterte: I'll give away P121M if Trillanes can show where it is, prove it's illegal... RELATED(2)
Trillanes drags Duterte into BI bribery scandal...

ALSO: Trillanes after free publicity; he should just resign, he's not fit to be a Senator - Panelo [RELATED: FEB 19, MONDAY- Duterte open to release bank transactions]


FEBRUARY 17 -DUTERTE LEGAL COUNSEL PANELO:
SEN. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday revived his allegation during the campaign period last year that President Duterte accumulated at least P2 billion while he was mayor of Davao City. Trillanes, who ran for the vice presidency in last year’s elections, said he challenged Duterte to show his bank accounts nine months ago but the President has yet to accept the challenge. He said he would step down as senator if he would be proven wrong. Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said Trillanes should just resign because he is not fit to be a senator. “This allegation is a rehash of that old nonsense,” he also said, adding Trillanes was “only looking for free publicity.” Panelo, who was Duterte’s legal counsel during the 2016 campaign, said the President has issued a waiver on the supposed bank account bank at the Bank of the Philippine Islands in Ortigas Avenue, where the P2 billion is supposedly kept, and the waiver remains. READ MORE...RELATED, UPDATE, Duterte open to release bank transactions....

ALSO: AMID TRILLANES CLAIMS, Duterte says he ordered AMLC to provide his financial info [RELATED: Trillanes on Duterte's AMLC order: 'Political bluff lang 'yan']


FEBRUARY 17 -President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ordering the Anti-Money Laundering Council and other agencies to provide information about his financial status, amid allegations of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that the chief executive had billions of pesos worth of transactions in his bank accounts. Duterte made this pronouncement in a speech on Friday in Baguio City before the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1967, which has adopted him as a member. "And there will be never be a time that I would shame the class. Just to make clear, it is a matter of principle also and honor, I said during the campaign that if any of my family or ako mismo would be involved in corruption in government, you can be sure you have my word I will resign immediately," he said during the private dinner.
READ MORE...RELATED, Trillanes on Duterte's AMLC order: 'Political bluff lang 'yan'...


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Duterte may release history of bank accounts, Palace says


President Rodrigo Duterte orders the police officers facing various charges to be detailed in Basilan for two years during their presentation to the president in Malacañan on Feb. 7, 2017. The president gave the errant cops 15 days to decide whether to resign or accept their re-assignment in Basilan. Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photo

MANILA, FEBRUARY 20, 2017 (PHILSTAR) By Alexis Romero February 16, 2017 - President Rodrigo Duterte may release the history of his bank transactions “when necessary” but not in response to “grandstanding,” Malacañang said Thursday after Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV revived his allegation that the chief executive has undeclared wealth.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Trillanes was just rehashing old issues when he dared Duterte to disprove that he has more than P2 billion in his bank counts, an allegation that surfaced days before the May 2016 polls.

“Basically this is old ground. It’s a rehash of the items already discussed three days before the election. Basically he (Trillanes) is just bringing up old issues,” Abella said in a press briefing.

“Now, if he truly has something in mind, he probably should just go to proper authorities to be able to lay down something like this. It’s best to just do it according to due process,” he added.

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When asked if the president is ready to release bank documents detailing transaction history and not just balances to settle the issue, Abella replied: “Not in response to grandstanding. If necessary and within the right context, due process but not just to respond to some grandstanding.”

Abella said Duterte has no plans to take action against Trillanes, who has been critical of the administration’s policies.

“Well, he (Duterte) doesn’t really respond to those things. This is part of the noise of the political landscape,” he said.

Malacañang is also unfazed by Trillanes’ statement that he still has other information about the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Duterte.

“Well, if he (Trillanes) needs to verify, then I think he should proceed,” Abella said.

Asked to react to Trillanes’ claim that Duterte wants him dead, Abella replied: “I think he is being very dramatic.”

TRILLANES VIDEO: TRILLANES STATED DUTERTE WILL HAVE HIM KILLED

 
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TRILLANES IPAPAPATAY NI DUTERTE: #BangkoSerye 2017 | 2-billion bank account BPI Julia Vargas Senator Antonio Trillanes on Thursday revived allegations that President Rodrigo Duterte had undeclared funds in his bank accounts, an accusation that ...

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Hidden wealth? Digong linked to 41 properties By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 30, 2016 - 12:00am 38 5840 googleplus1 0


Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV furnished GMA News a list of the properties supposedly owned by Duterte, according to a report aired over “24 Oras” last night. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines - Aside from bank accounts and transactions involving up to P2.4 billion, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte allegedly has 41 properties in his name across the country.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV furnished GMA News a list of the properties supposedly owned by Duterte, according to a report aired over “24 Oras” last night.

The same report quoted Trillanes as saying that Duterte has accounts in three banks that had accumulated transactions amounting to P2.4 billion.

In a statement, Duterte’s party PDP-Laban cried foul over the allegations of Trillanes, saying existence of properties does not necessarily mean that these were ill-gotten.

Trillanes earlier claimed Duterte did not declare in his 2014 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) the P211 million supposedly deposited in a joint account with his daughter Sara in the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

The camp of Duterte initially denied the existence of the BPI account, but later backtracked after proof of its existence was uploaded online.

Duterte later said the bank account only contains a few thousand pesos, although reports yesterday said he was quoted as saying that it contains “a little less than P211 million.”

Trillanes, who is running for vice president, earlier said the BPI account is just the tip of the iceberg and that they are still validating other information about the mayor’s real wealth.

The senator hinted in the earlier interview about the supposed existence of the properties of Duterte, challenging the mayor to issue a waiver allowing the investigation of his bank accounts.

Duterte’s camp initially dismissed the challenge of Trillanes, but acceded yesterday, with the mayor saying he has ordered his lawyer to open the BPI account in question.

Dollar account too The camp of administration presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II yesterday also bared the existence of a dollar account, also with BPI, under the name of Duterte.

MAR ROXAS

Roxas hit Duterte for being evasive on the issue of his undeclared bank accounts, including one that holds dollar deposits.

“He (Duterte) had said the accounts were fabrications, and now they’re proven to exist, he now refuses to sign the waiver to open his accounts. He’s always like that in any issue. If he’s confronted with the truth, he resorts to cursing, insulting others while trying to evade and change the issue,” Roxas said.

“Why don’t you want to sign a waiver now that you’ve been cornered and proven to have lied?” he asked Duterte.

“Tell the truth, mayor. The whole nation is waiting for the truth, nothing less,” he told reporters.

ROBREDO

On Thursday, Roxas and his runningmate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, signed waivers entitled “Affidavit of Transparency over all assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests and financial connections.”

The document authorized the Office of the Ombudsman to secure all documents from the Bureau of Internal Revenue and other concerned agencies on their finances.

It also waived their rights under the Bank Secrecy Law in favor of the ombudsman.

Roxas earlier disclosed he was able to deposit P500 in Duterte’s bank account that the mayor had earlier insisted was non-existent.

“Mayor Duterte, you’re lying again. When will we know the whole truth from you? When will we able to trust everything that you say?” Roxas said.

He said a “private citizen tried to find out the truth” by depositing P500 in a Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) branch at the Alabang Town Center in an account supposedly held by Duterte, as reported in the media.

Roxas said the individual received a computer-generated deposit validation slip to prove that the account was under the name of a certain “Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sara Z. Duterte.”

To check the claim of the private individual, Roxas said a member of his staff went to a BPI branch in the New Farmers’ Market in Cubao in front of his house to try to make another deposit in the same account at 2:02 p.m. as indicated in the validation slip.

He said his staff was also able to deposit $10 in another account held by Duterte, proving that he had a dollar account. – Paolo Romero

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Finance chief presses easing of bank secrecy law; setting back Duterte's anti-crime campaign ABS-CBN News
Posted at Nov 17 2016 01:18 PM

MANILA - Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez urged lawmakers to relax bank secrecy laws, which he said was setting back the government's anti-crime campaign.

President Rodrigo Duterte said earlier this week that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Anti-Money Laundering Council were "hard to deal with" and asked the two agencies to cooperate with government.

"The BSP has not been remiss in doing their job supportive of the Duterte administration’s anti-graft crusade, but the tedious legal process that has from the start been a stumbling block to the immediate prosecution of suspected money launderers underline the urgency for the Congress to pass new legislation relaxing the country’s bank secrecy law, which has among the world’s most restrictive regulations," Dominguez was quoted by the finance department in a statement on Thursday.

Governor Amando Tetangco of the BSP, Dominguez said, is a "respected member of the economic team, has been providing valuable help in the pursuit of criminals engaged in money laundering."

The AMCL submitted transaction records to the Department of Justice, soon after Duterte's outburst.


INQUIRER

What went before: Trillanes accuses Duterte of having P227-M in bank account Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:44 AM February 17, 2017


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE

On April 27, 2016, the Inquirer reported that President Duterte, according to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, had at least P227 million in an account at a bank branch in Metro Manila that he did not declare in his latest statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Mr. Duterte denied the existence of the account in the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City, which allegedly contained the big amount. “I will not play into their hands by issuing a waiver. The account is nonexistent,” he told the Inquirer in a phone interview.

In a news conference at the Magdalo headquarters in Quezon City on April 28, 2016, Trillanes dared then presidential candidate Duterte to sign a waiver that would allow the opening and scrutiny of his bank accounts, and to file a libel case against him if the allegations were false.

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After some netizens uploaded their copy of deposit transaction receipts in Mr. Duterte’s BPI account, he admitted that he had two accounts in BPI Julia Vargas, one with P17,000 in deposits and another with less than P50,000.

The Inquirer also reported that Mr. Duterte had transactions, including deposits and withdrawals, amounting to P2.407 billion in three bank branches (two in Metro Manila and one in Davao) over a nine-year period.

He said he had “less than P200 million” in the BPI Julia Vargas branch and that he did not declare it in his SALN in 2014 because he had already spent it. He said the money came from friends as birthday gift.

On May 2, 2016, people trooped to the BPI Julia Vargas branch but no bank records were opened during the much-awaited face-off between the camps of Duterte and Trillanes.

Instead of a waiver, Duterte lawyer Salvador Panelo requested BPI to look into his client’s records and to issue a certification that “at no time since the opening of the account has there been P211 million whether singly, collectively or cumulatively deposited to his bank account.”

On May 4, 2016, in an attempt to disprove the accusations against him, Mr. Duterte came up with his 11 passbooks but allowed the media to only take a peek at some of his bank transactions.

At a press conference in Manila, he merely presented selected contents of his bank accounts. —INQUIRER RESEARCH Source: Inquirer Archives

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Duterte crime fight needs boost from banking laws: BSP contender ABS-CBN News
Posted at Feb 17 2017 10:22 AM

MANILA – A veteran banker who was endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s party to lead the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Friday he would push for the easing of bank secrecy laws to aid the government’s war on crime.

EastWest Bank President Antonio Moncupa, who also serves on the PDP Laban Party think tank, said the Philippines must “start moving from bank secrecy towards bank confidentiality.”

“We need to give access to pre-defined authorities to have access to bank accounts so that the investigations can happen very fast,” Moncupa told ANC’s “Market Edge with Cathy Yang.”

Requiring a court order before bank accounts can be investigated buys crime suspects enough time to withdraw money, he said.

“We need to review the process by which authorities could act on suspicious accounts,” he said.

Duterte has publicly criticized monetary authorities, whom Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre accused of slowing his investigations.

The Philippines' bank secrecy laws are among the strictest in the world, and was placed under the international spotlight last year after unidentified hackers shifted $81 million from Bangladesh's foreign reserves to suspected dummy accounts at the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.

READ: Bangladesh heist exposes PH dirty money secrets

The central bank needs "bold and innovative" leadership to help Duterte's crime crackdown, Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel said earlier this week, as he announced that the party was backing Moncupa.

Incumbent Governor Amando Tetangco will step down in July after two terms as head of the Bangko Sentral.

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Rebuffed, Trillanes presses Duterte to open bank account By: Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQINQUIRER.net / 10:31 AM February 17, 2017


After President Rodrigo Duterte (right) rebuffed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who revived his accusations that the Chief Executive had P2 billion in a bank, the lawmaker again demanded seeing the alleged accounts. INQUIRER FILES

Stop the talk and just accept the challenge to make your bank accounts public.

This was how Senator Antonio Trillanes IV responded on Friday to President Rodrigo Duterte’s attacks against him after he revived his allegation that the President had over P2 billion bank deposits from 2006 to 2015.

Duterte said he would resign if the senator could prove the allegation as he also challenged him to bring the case against him to court.

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

“Una, para sa kaalaman ng lahat, nagfile na ako ng plunder case against Pres. Duterte nung 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 said in a statement.

“Ikalawa, tungkol naman sa mga pagiinsulto nya sa akin, hindi ko na sya papatulan. Pero hindi ko rin hahayaan na ilihis nya yung issue.”

“President Duterte, marami ka pang sinasabi, kung talagang wala kang itinatagong nakaw na yaman, tanggapin mo na ang hamon ko at buksan mo na ung transaction history ng bank accounts mo at kung mali ako, magreresign agad ako bilang Senador,” the senator added.

Trillanes, in a press conference at the Senate on Thursday, ressurected his allegations against the President and his family which he first raised during the campaign period in April last year.

But Duterte said he already answered the senator’s accusation even before he was elected to office last May.

“The people have already (decided). They placed me in the office with 16 million votes,” the President was quoted in the media as saying. CBB/rga


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Duterte blasts Trillanes: ‘File this case against me in court now or stop opening your mouth’ BY FELIPE F. SALVOSA II ON FEBRUARY 17, 2017 TOP STORIES

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday hit back at Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, calling the opposition lawmaker a “tulisan” (bandit) after the latter’s bid to resurrect allegations he hid more than P2 billion in secret bank accounts.

Duterte delivered the stinging rebuke in a three-minute video uploaded on Facebook shortly before midnight.

He accused Trillanes of being in the business of asking for “retainers,” and defended members of his family whose names were dragged by the former navy officer: his partner Honeylet Avanceña and daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, the mayor of Davao City.

“You know, Trillanes, Honeylet started her doughnut business 18 years ago. She supplies meat to five malls here in Davao. That woman has a lot of money. She’s industrious, unlike you who’s ambitious,” the President said.

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“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 so doing,” he added.

Duterte pointed out that Trillanes is in his last term and would lose nothing if he quit, “which explains his penchant for always daring the President to resign.”

“He actually has no political career after his term in office expires in less than two years,” the President said.

Duterte however made a dare of his own: “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.”

“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.

“I would advise Trillanes to go to court and file the proper case against me and advise him further to stop opening his mouth when he has nothing to say anyway.”

Duterte said Trillanes, who rose to national prominence following the failed military uprising at Oakwood hotel in Makati in 2003, was ignorant of the banking business when he added up Avanceña’s daily transactions.

“You stage a mutiny yet you don’t have balls. You surrendered when the police arrived. It’s really a shame,” Duterte said.

“If your family is hungry, now or before, don’t drag us into this. We’re not poor. My father was a governor and he left us something. What was left with you? Hot air and boastfulness. You’re a bandit, really,” he said in Filipino.

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Paolo Duterte to Trillanes: Rot in hell for all we care Published February 16, 2017 10:45pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

Presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte on Thursday said that he will donate millions to the survivors of the Magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Surigao province if Senator Antonio Trillanes IV can prove his claims.

"If this senator, 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," he said in a statement.

"Kung gusto mo magresign Senator Ugok, magresign ka na. Huwag ka na madami pang dahilan. You are a useless senator and the people of the Philippines no longer believe you," he added.

"You can rot in hell for all we care!" Paolo continued.

Trillanes earlier revived his accusations against President Rodrigo Duterte that he has P2 billion in bank transactions.

He presented a matrix to the media showing alleged transactions in bank accounts of Duterte's children, Paolo, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, and Sebastian "Baste" Duterte; common-law wife Cielito "Honeylet" Avanceña; and campaign donor Samuel Uy.

Sara earlier said that she will give her alleged P121 million away if Trillanes can show where it is and if it is illegal.

"This 'ugok' senator is again throwing wild accusations against President Rodrigo Duterte and dinamay pa nya kaming mga anak sa kanyang kagaguhan," Paolo said.

"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 added.

"From drug test and now bank test. If I may suggest for him to take a psychiatric test as something is very very wrong with his mind," he continued.

A Malacañang photo release indicated that Duterte already denied the allegations of Trillanes in a statement delivered in Davao City. —NB, GMA News

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Sara Duterte: I'll give away P121M if Trillanes can show where it is, prove it's illegal Published February 16, 2017 2:29pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News


DAVAO CITY MAYOR SARA DUTERTE CARPIO

Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Thursday said she will give P121 million to the public if Senator Antonio Trillanes IV can show where that money is and if he can prove that it is illegal.

"If Trillanes can show where my alleged Php 121 million is right now and how it became illegal, kunin natin at ibigay ko sa inyo lahat," she said in a statement.

Trillanes earlier revived the issue of President Rodrigo Duterte's bank accounts, which he said amounted to P2 billion, in an attempt to disprove that the chief executive is not poor.

He also released details of alleged bank accounts of Duterte's family.

Trillanes showed a list of bank accounts named under Duterte’s children—Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte with P104 million, Sara with P121 million, and Sebastian Duterte with P143 million.

"Wala akong postura labas sa kung ano ang nakikita ng lahat. (I never pretended to be what I am not,") Sara said.

"I read the press statement of Trillanes and the challenge to answer the allegations was addressed to the President. Let us allow PRD to decide on how he wants this issue to go down," she added.

HONEYLET

Trillanes also claimed that Duterte’s common-law wife Cielito “Honeylet” Salvador Avanceña has P188 million and Samuel Cang Uy, one of Duterte’s campaign donors, has P118 million in their respective bank accounts.

Malacañang has dismissed Trillanes' revival of the old issue as "part of the noise of political landscape." —KG, GMA News

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Trillanes drags Duterte into BI bribery scandal By: Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQINQUIRER.net / 06:37 PM February 16, 2017


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday dragged President Rodrigo Duterte into another controversy – this time involving the reported P50 million bribery-extortion scandal at the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Trillanes, citing his own information, said Duterte was the “President” being referred to by former BI Associate Commissioner Al Argosino in his two messages to former police officer Wenceslas “Wally” Sombero Jr.

It was Sombero, who allegedly handed the money to Argosino and former BI Associate Commissioner Michael Robles last November 27, supposedly in exchange for the release of arrested workers at businessman Jack Lam’s casino hotel in Clark, Pampanga.

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“Base sa aking impormasyon, ang President na tinutukoy ni Argosino sa kanyang text messages ay si President Duterte mismo,” Trillanes told reporters

(Based on my information, the President being referred to by Argosino in his text messages is President Duterte.)

During the ongoing hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee, Trillanes asked about Sombero’s own affidavit where the latter attached a copy of his exchange of messages with Argosino.

One text from Argosino to Sombero reads: “Very good! Proceed as planned. I’am arranging a meeting with with a person with very good connection with the President. I may bring him to you and Jack Lamb (sic) for discussion. Confidential lang po muna please.”

Asked whether he believes the President might have knowledge about the alleged extortion try against Lam, Trillanes said: Yes, based dito sa nangyayri na ito kasi hindi mangyayari lahat ito kung walang imprimatur ng Presidente…”

(Yes, based on what’s happening now because this scandal will not happen without the President’s imprimatur.)

The senator also believes that the President, through Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, was going after Lam to favor another businessman, Kim Wong.

Wong is the same person implicated in the $81 million money-laundering scandal last year.

READ: Wong names 2 foreigners

Wong’s name cropped up during the hearing when the committee chair, Senator Richard Gordon, asked if it was true that the businessman was given 20 permits by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.(Pagcor) to operate offshore gaming in the country.

Responding to Gordon’s query, Pagcor’s representative told the committee that Eastern Hawaii Leisure Co. reportedly owned by Wong’s son, was the only company that was granted permits by the agency.

Trillanes pointed out why Pagcor granted more than 30 online gaming licenses when the President had already ordered the closure of all online gambling firms.

READ: Duterte orders closure of all online gaming firms

“You don’t have to be a genius to piece these things together. Dito lang kasi, it’s unfortunate dito sa hearing na ito nakatutok dun sa mga galamay lang e,” the senator said.

(It’s unfortunate that this hearing is just focusing on the accomplices.)


MALAYA

Trillanes after free publicity; he should just resign, not fir to be a Senator - Panelo February 17, 2017 BY JP LOPEZ AND JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR


FEBRUARY 17 -DUTERTE LEGAL COUNSEL PANELO:

SEN. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday revived his allegation during the campaign period last year that President Duterte accumulated at least P2 billion while he was mayor of Davao City.

Trillanes, who ran for the vice presidency in last year’s elections, said he challenged Duterte to show his bank accounts nine months ago but the President has yet to accept the challenge.

He said he would step down as senator if he would be proven wrong.

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said Trillanes should just resign because he is not fit to be a senator.

“This allegation is a rehash of that old nonsense,” he also said, adding Trillanes was “only looking for free publicity.”

Panelo, who was Duterte’s legal counsel during the 2016 campaign, said the President has issued a waiver on the supposed bank account bank at the Bank of the Philippine Islands in Ortigas Avenue, where the P2 billion is supposedly kept, and the waiver remains.

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He said those who want to look at the records of the account can use the same waiver in requesting the bank to release the records.

He noted it is the same issue that prompted Duterte to call the attention of the Anti-Money Laundering Council for its supposed failure to investigate him over the alleged accounts.

Trillanes claimed the President had P2.407 billion in bank transactions until 2015 and some of the transactions and supposed records involved the bank accounts of Duterte’s children led by Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio and common law wife Honeylet Avanceña.

Duterte-Carpio, in a statement, said she will give away the P121 million if Trillanes can prove his allegations and show where the money came from.

“If Trillanes can show where my alleged P121 million is right now and how it became illegal, kunin natin at ibigay ko sa inyo lahat,” she said.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said if Trillanes really has evidence, he should just follow due process.

After raising the issue in April 2016, Trillanes filed a complaint for plunder against Duterte before the Ombudsman.

Duterte’s staunchest ally Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano described as “false accusation” Trillanes allegations and asked why he is reviving the issue.

Cayetano, who also ran for vice president last year, said Trillanes is known for his constant attacks and baseless charges against the administration.

Trillanes, during the press conference, released a list of supposed bank accounts of the President, including that of his children Davao City Mayor Sara, Vice Mayor Paulo and Sebastian from 2003 to 2016.

As for the President, the records showed that he has joint accounts with Sara, Paulo, Sebastian and his youngest daughter Veronica in three BPI branches amounting to P2.2 billion.

The bank transactions were from Sept. 18, 2006 to Dec. 1, 2015.

Trillanes also said based on bank documents, Duterte’s campaign contributor Samuel Uy gave P118 million to different members of the Duterte family from October 2011 to April 2013. – With Reuters

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Duterte open to release bank transactions By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated February 19, 2017 - 4:47pm 6 955 googleplus4 0


President Rodrigo Duterte denies the allegations of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s that he has P2-billion worth of bank deposits under his name. President Duterte issued the statement at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on Feb. 16, 2017. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is open to releasing the transaction history of his bank accounts, Malacañang said Sunday after his critic, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, had challenged him to prove that he has no hidden wealth.

Trillanes has accused Duterte of not declaring the P2 billion in his bank accounts, an amount that the senator claimed was obtained illegally. He made the same accusation days before the May 2016 polls, where Duterte won by a landslide.

The president has dismissed Trillanes’ allegations as rehashed issues and even vowed to resign if the senator can prove that he has even half a billion in his bank accounts.

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Asked by government radio station dzRB if Duterte would release his bank account’s transaction history, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella replied: “That’s his call. I guess he said anything but I suppose he will, yes.”

NOW UP TO AMLC

Abella could not say though when the president expects the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to complete its probe on his wealth and whether he would file charges against Trillanes if his allegations are proven false.

“I don’t know about the filing of charges but it—everything depends on AMLC I suppose right now to do what they need to do,” he said.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo had said it would now be up to the banks to decide whether to release documents detailing Duterte’s transactions because the president has already signed a waiver allowing them to release such information.

Flip-flopping on family wealth?

Abella also claimed that Duterte did not contradict himself when he told Trillanes that he is not poor because he got an inheritance from his father, former Davao governor Vicente Duterte.

“First, he did not flip-flop. It’s just an explanation of how the family progress as a family. When they arrived in Mindanao, especially when Rodrigo Duterte was still young, as a young man, they did not have any luxury, they did not enjoy a lavish lifestyle, they were not rich,” Abella said.

“Because the parents are immigrants, they have not earned money yet. So they really had nothing - not really nothing but they have salaries and all that but they were government employees so there was nothing there,” he added.

Abella said Duterte’s parents managed to have some savings which were then left to him after his father died.

In previous speeches, Duterte, who vowed to put an end to corruption, said that his family was not well-off.

“Actually, we talk on the same wavelength. Ako po’y anak lang ng mahirap. Ang tatay ko’y pumunta ng Mindanao ‘nong binata pa, married a Mindanaoan, and ‘yun ang buhay namin talagang mahirap (I am a son of poor parents My father went to Mindanao when he was still a bachelor, married a Mindanaoan and our life then was really poor),” the president said during a gathering of anti-drug community volunteers in Angeles City, Pampanga last December 22.

Duterte also claimed during the event that a house of his family was demolished.

“At one time in our lives, ang aming bahay (our house) was demolished also, because my father thought, being a lawyer at that, na akala niya ‘yung (he thought) wetland… Akala niya bakante, ‘yun pala may-ari na (He thought it was vacant. It turned out, somebody owned it already),” the president said.

Last week, Duterte said he has ordered the AMLC to give information about his worth to dispel notions that he has ill-gotten wealth.


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AMID TRILLANES CLAIMS Duterte says he ordered AMLC to provide his financial information Published February 17, 2017 8:33pm Updated February 17, 2017 9:26pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ordering the Anti-Money Laundering Council and other agencies to provide information about his financial status, amid allegations of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that the chief executive had billions of pesos worth of transactions in his bank accounts.

Duterte made this pronouncement in a speech on Friday in Baguio City before the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1967, which has adopted him as a member.

"And there will be never be a time that I would shame the class. Just to make clear, it is a matter of principle also and honor, I said during the campaign that if any of my family or ako mismo would be involved in corruption in government, you can be sure you have my word I will resign immediately," he said during the private dinner.

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"Kaya gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo because it’s politics again. It’s a rehash, of what they…it’s 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," he added.

"??I am greatly proud to [be part of] Class of 1967. And there will be never be a time that I would shame the class," he said.

Trillanes on Thursday revived the issue of the supposed billions of pesos going through Duterte's accounts, while also linkingthe President's families to the issue.

READ: Trillanes claims Duterte’s campaign donor gave millions in deposits to Honeylet, kids

Duterte, in turn, denied the allegations, saying he would resign if Trillanes were able to prove his claims.

"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 or even just half a billion, I will resign as President immediately," he said in a pre-recorded video released by Malacañang late Thursday night.

He also called Trillanes "ignorant" for dragging his family into the issue.

READ: Duterte twits 'ignorant' Trillanes: Honeylet a successful businesswoman, Sara a lawyer

Trillanes, meanwhile, on Friday said Duterte should refrain from diverting the issue by throwing insults at him, and instead just release his bank records.

"President Duterte, marami ka pang sinasabi, kung talagang wala kang itinatagong nakaw na yaman, tanggapin mo na ang hamon ko at buksan mo na ung transaction history ng bank accounts mo at kung mali ako, magreresign agad ako bilang senador," Trillanes said in a statement.

No allowances

Duterte also said that he never signed vouchers for his allowances, adding he only receives his salary as President.

"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," he said.

He reiterated his promise that he would not allow corruption under his administration.

"But then I would hit hard against corruption. So I must set the example. Because if I don’t, I cannot demand obedience," he said.

"You know how people have endured corruption all throughout the years? I would not like to be a person of, you know, into the blame game. But at least during my time, there will be a respite for the people and corruption will really be controlled or stopped. Iyan ang masiguro ninyo," he added.

AMLC

In accordance to Republic Act No. 9160 or the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 (AMLA), AMLC is tasked to protect the integrity and confidentiality of bank accounts. It is also tasked to ensure that the Philippines will not be used as a money laundering site for the proceeds of any unlawful activity.

In November 2016, Duterte warned AMLC and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to cooperate with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in collating documents on the drug cases they were building at that time.

He even pointed out that if it was true that he has billions in his bank accounts, AMLC should have known about it.

"I was just curious. If I had that money, why did you not initiate an investigation? For really I have none," Duterte said. —JST/KBK, GMA News

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Trillanes on Duterte's AMLC order: 'Political bluff lang 'yan' Published February 18, 2017 1:29pm

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Saturday hit President Rodrigo Duterte anew, saying the chief executive was merely "bluffing" when he ordered the anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to release details of his financial status.

"Political bluff lang 'yang panawagan niya sa AMLC kasi alam niya na hindi naman ito gagalaw basta-basta nang walang formal written request," Trillanes said in a statement.

Duterte, on Friday, made a pronouncement that he was ordering the AMLC and other agencies to provide information about his financial status, amid allegations of Trillanes that he had billions of pesos in his bank accounts.

"At kahit na meron man, hindi mandato ng AMLC na magbilang ng net worth ng sino man," the senator emphasized.

Trillanes on Thursday revived the issue of the supposed billions of pesos going through Duterte's accounts, while also linkingthe President's families to the issue.

"Kaya ang pinakamadali ay pumirma siya ng waiver ng bank secrecy na addressed sa bangko para makita ng publiko ang transaction history ng mga accounts nya," the senator said.

"Tama na yang mga bola mo Mr. President, buksan mo na kung wala kang tinatago," he added. — John Ted Cordero/MDM, GMA News


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