Trillanes disputes offshore account allegations, issues waivers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV denied allegations of having offshore bank accounts, and issued a dozen waivers allowing authorities to probe into them.

"Ni isang offshore bank account, wala ako, [I don't have any, not even one]" he said in a press briefing Monday.

The senator also urged President Rodrigo Duterte, who claimed the existence of Trillanes' accounts last Saturday, to do the same with his own accounts.

"Nagparatang ka sa'kin, pumirma ako ng waiver. Nagparatang ako sa'yo, isang taon mahigit na, iniiba mo 'yung usapan. Marami kang sinasabi na, 'Sige, buksan niyo!' Hindi pwedeng boka-boka diyan," Trillanes claimed.

[Translation: You accused me, I signed a waiver. I accused you, it's been a year, you keep on changing the topic. You always say, "Open the accounts!" You can't just be all talk, no action.]

"Ngayon inaabangan ko 'tong waiver mo. Magpakalalaki ka," he added.

[Translation: I'll be waiting for your waiver. Man up.]

Trillanes added he has looked into the accounts Duterte alleged, tracing it back to reports from Erwin Tulfo, the blog of Assistant Press Secretary Mocha Uson, and the Davao Breaking News website, owned by Ben Tesiorna, who was a contributor of CNN Philippines.

He added that each of the 12 bank accounts reported will have its corresponding waiver, allowing the Office of the Ombudsman and the Anti-Money Laundering Council to look into them.

Trillanes added three of the supposed off-shore bank accounts are from non-existent banks Nova Scotia, and Hong Kong Shanghai.

The senator also said he will go after those who posted photos of his alleged bank accounts.

"Within the next few days pa-file-an ko kaso itong si Mr. Erwin Tulfo, si Ms. Mocha Uson, at itong si Mr. Ben Tesiorna. Kakasuhan sila ng libel. Hindi na pwede 'yung fake news," he added.

[Translation: Within the next few days I'll file a case against Mr. Erwin Tulfo, Ms. Mocha Uson, and Mr. Ben Tesiorna. I'll charge them with libel. It's not the time of fake news.]

In a statement Tuesday, CNN Philippines said, "Ben Tesiorna is not an employee of CNN Philippines. He was a contributor whose stories were used by CNN Philippines on occasion."

Meanwhile, Senator Trillanes added he confirmed that three Philippine Military Academy graduates are behind the allegations against him, but he refused to identify them.