Duterte to Trillanes: Prove your allegations and I will resign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Prove your claims and I will step down.

President Rodrigo Duterte posed the challenge Thursday night in response to Sen. Antonio Trillanes' statement that he had billions of pesos under various accounts.

"If Trillanes can prove his allegation that I have amassed ₱2 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 in a recorded video posted on the Presidential Communications Office's Facebook page.

 

"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," the President said.

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Duterte said the issue had already been raised and answered even before his presidential victory.

He then cited the personal sources of income of his daughter Sara and common-law wife Honeylet, proving that their wealth came from legitimate sources.

"The people who have personal businesses must also have forgotten that my daughter Sara is a lawyer by profession and that she earns from this and that," Duterte said.

"Honeylet started her donut business 18 years ago. She supplies meat sa five malls dito sa Davao, siya yung nagsu-supply ng karne ng baboy. Ganyan kalaki ang pera ng babaeng 'yan (She supplies pork in five malls here in Davao. That's how much money she has)," he added.

Duterte added that his father Vicente Duterte, who was a governor of Davao, left them with inheritance.

"Ikaw, ano'ng naiwan sayo? Hangin, pati yabang. Tulisan ka sa totoo lang," Duterte said.

[Translation: What did you inherit? Nothing but conceit. You're actually a highwayman/robber.]

He also took a swipe at Trillanes' political career and jabbed at the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, which resulted in the senator's imprisonment.

"Senator Trillanes is on his last term and would have nothing to lose if he would resign from office…He actually has no political career after his term in office expires in less than two years," Duterte said.

"May mutiny-mutiny ka pa, wala ka naman palang b----. Tapos taas kaagad ang kamay pagdating ng pulis. Nakakahiya ka sa totoo lang," he added.

[Translation: You were leading a mutiny, yet you have no balls. You immediately surrendered when the police arrived. You're an embarrassment.]

 

Trillanes earlier accused Duterte and his family of having billions of pesos in undeclared bank deposits. He also challenged the President's supporters to call for Duterte to reveal his accounts.

The senator, who ran for Vice President in 2016 and lost, similarly swore to resign if he would be proven wrong.

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte — who Trillanes accused of having ₱121.1 million in her accounts — she would give the senator the alleged hidden wealth if he could prove it.

"If Trillanes can show where my alleged ₱121 million is right now and how it became illegal, kunin natin at ibigay ko sa inyo lahat [let's get it and I'll give it it you]," Sara said Thursday. "Wala akong postura labas sa kung ano ang nakikita ng lahat [I have no other face other than what everyone can see]. I never pretended to be what I am not."

Meanwhile, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte — who Trillanes accused of having ₱104.2 million in his accounts —  said Trillanes was a disgrace to the nation.

"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. "Kung gusto mo mag-resign Senator Ugok, mag-resign ka na. Huwag ka na madami pang dahilan. You are a useless senator and the people of the Philippines no longer believe you. You can rot in hell for all we care!"

[Translation: If you want to resign, Senator Idiot, resign. Don't keep making reasons.]