Trillanes: Duterte 'as corrupt as the Binays'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sen. Antonio Trillanes once again lashed out at President Rodrigo Duterte over his alleged illegal wealth.

"Meron siyang tinatago [He is hiding something]. He is corrupt," Trillanes said in an interview with CNN Philippines' The Source on Tuesday. "He is as corrupt as the Binays."

Trillanes challenges Duterte: Disclose origin of ₱2 billion in bank deposits

The senator said he'd want to show the people that Duterte was not the kind of person he claimed to be.

"Siya yung nagpe-pretend na malinis siya, hindi siya materialistic, and anti-corruption crusader siya, tapos 'yun pala meron kang dalawang bilyong piso." he said.

[Translation: He pretends he is clean, not materialistic, and an anti-corruption crusader, then it turns out he has ₱2 billion.]

He added he would follow-up the matter with the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

"Susulatin ko yung [I will write to] AMLC and press them to give us the list of the reported or flagged transactions under the name of Rodrigo Duterte using that public declaration," Trillanes said.

"Pagka hindi binigay ng AMLC, niloloko na naman tayo [If AMLC does not give it to us, then they're just fooling us]. I will keep on pushing them...I will not go away," he added.

The senator also responded to a jab earlier made by Duterte, who said he would not have any political career after his final senatorial term.

"Sinasabi, publicity daw. Publicity for what, kung wala naman akong political career, diba? Kung naiingayan sila sa akin bilang kritiko, this is the opportunity to get rid of me," Trillanes said.

[Translation: They're saying, this is for publicity. Publicity for what, if I don't have a political career anymore, right? If I'm irking them as their critic, this is the opportunity to get rid of me.]

"Kasi sinabi ko, kapag nagkamali ako rito, I will resign. Wala na akong mukha e. Ito na yun," he added.

[Translation: I said earlier, if I'm wrong, I will resign. I don't have a face to show anymore. This is it.]

 

Exchange of challenges

On Feb. 16, Trillanes accused the President of amassing undeclared wealth worth billions in his bank accounts, and added he would resign if proven wrong.

Duterte responded later that day denying the allegations, even disclosing some of his family's legitimate sources of income.

"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

Duterte to Trillanes: Prove your allegations and I will resign

On Feb. 17, Duterte said he has ordered the AMLC to release information over his net worth.

The President added he would fulfill his campaign promise to remain corrupt-free until the end of his term.

Duterte orders AMLC to release info on his net worth  

Trillanes later responded, calling Duterte's move a "political bluff."

"Political bluff lang yang panawagan niya sa AMLC kasi alam niya na hindi naman ito gagalaw basta-basta nang walang formal written request," he said in a statement. "At kahit na meron man, hindi mandato ng AMLC na magbilang ng net worth ng sino man."

[Translation: His order to AMLC is a political bluff because he knows that the body won't just move without a formal written request. And even if it had one, it is not the AMLC's mandate to compute anyone's net worth.]