BPI Julia Vargas face-off a dud: No records released

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — No details of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte's bank account at the Julia Vargas branch of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) were released on Monday (May 2).

This even after Duterte issued a special power of attorney (SPA) for his lawyer, Salvador Panelo, asking the bank to issue a certification that would show his current balance and as well as the fact that since the opening of account there was no deposit, either individually or collectively, of P211 million — which is different from the transaction history record many were asking for.

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Earlier, Duterte said he would disclose his bank account details should Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV make an affidavit stating when and how he got his bank information and for what purpose he intends to use it for.

On Monday morning, both Panelo and Trillanes met at the BPI Julia Vargas branch. The senator brought the affidavit Duterte asked him to execute. Supporters of both camps were also there, awaiting the result of the meeting.

 

In his affidavit, Trillanes identified a certain Joseph de Mesa — a former supporter of the mayor — as his source of information.

In a meeting on April 21 at the Magdalo head office, Trillanes said De Mesa gave him documents he got from a “close relative” who was working with a government agency that investigates alleged ill gotten wealth of public officials.

Narinig pa ni De Mesa sa ibang tao. Kumbaga that’s double hearsay," said Panelo.

[Translation: De Mesa heard it from someone else, that's double hearsay.]

He added even the affidavit’s attachment which lists the alleged Duterte’s bank transactions is “bogus.”

According to Panelo, BPI officials asked for time to study their certificiation request.

"They asked for 7 days to respond to our formal request," said Panelo.

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Meanwhile, Trillanes issued a statement on Monday afternoon, saying: "Ako ay nagbigay ng affidavit pero hindi pa rin pumirma ng waiver si Duterte at hindi rin binuksan ang kanyang bank account. Ang hinihingi lang nila ay balanse at hindi transaction history. Samakatuwid, may tinatago sa bayan si Mayor Duterte, at ang akusasyon kong may P2.4 bilyon na transaksyon sa kanyang bank accounts ay hindi niya napasinungalingan."

[Translation: I gave an affidavit but Duterte still didn't sign a waiver and his bank account wasn't opened. They only asked for the current balance and not the transaction history. Therefore, Mayor Duterte is hiding something from the people, and he didn't belie the accusation of the P2.4 billion transaction in his bank accounts.]

CNN Philippines senior anchor Pinky Webb and correpondents Ina Andolong and Anna Estanislao contributed to this report.