Duterte: I made up Trillanes' Singapore bank account number

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 19) — The President admitted he made up some of the numbers on Sen. Antonio Trillanes' alleged accounts to throw off the senator on his own accusations.

The admission was made in the PTV show "Sa Totoo Lang" with Erwin Tulfo on Tuesday, while he was cross-checking documents of what Trillanes earlier checked in Singapore to prove the offshore bank accounts do not exist.

The President scoffed at Trillanes' attempt to disprove his claims.

"Ang binasa ni Mocha, actual number from Mocha and Erwin, ikaw 'yun eh, ang binasa mo 117800028160-2. Makuha kayo ng lapis, makinig kayo. Ang kay Erwin, pati ' yung kay... 117800028160-2. Binasa ko, binawasan ko ng number. Wala 'to, imbento lang. Ikaw Trillanes," he said, laughing afterwards.

[Translation: What Mocha read, the actual numbers from Mocha and Erwin, that's you, I read  117800028160-2. Get a pen, listen. When I read it, I omitted some numbers. Trillanes.]

"Mocha" is Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

Duterte said he read 10800029601-2.

When asked why he did it, the President said, "Para mahuli ko [To 'catch' him].."

He claimed the number he invented was used in Trillanes' waiver to probe his accounts.

The President then showed the documents on camera, pointing to various account numbers used, saying, "Wala ito, produkto ng isip ko 'to. Tinanggalan ko lang, tinignan ko lang, ginamit mo, nag-isyu ka ng waiver."

[Translation: This is nothing, this is just a product of my imagination. I omitted some, I just wanted to see, and you used it, you issued a waiver.]

In a statement, the senator lashed at Duterte, saying he is a liar to begin with.

"Buti naman umamin siya na sinungaling siya...sana maliwanagan na ang mga kababayan natin na naloko at patuloy na niloloko sila ni Duterte," Trillanes said.

[Translation: It's good that he admitted his lies...I hope Filipinos will see that Duterte is just lying to us.]

Trillanes on Tuesday went to Singapore and proved the offshore bank accounts he allegedly owns do not exist.

"Naipakita ko dito sa pagpunta ko mismo sa DBS Bank Alexandra Branch dito sa Singapore na hindi totoo ang paratang ni [President Rodrigo Duterte] na meron daw akong bank account dito," Trillanes said in a statement released earlier Tuesday.

[Translation: I have proven by going to DBS Bank Alexandra Branch here in Singapore that the Duterte's allegations that I have a bank account here are not true.]

This follows Duterte's earlier allegation that Trillanes maintains Chinese joint accounts overseas.

Duterte's remark was in response to Trillanes' accusation during the campaign period that the he funneled billions of pesos in different accounts.

The senator also accused Duterte's eldest son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, of involvement in the illegal drug shipment case in the Customs Bureau.

Trillanes quoted one of the bank tellers in DBS Bank, who said "no such accounts exist" after giving them the two account numbers revealed by Duterte and other critics of the senator.

"Niliwanag ko pa kung meron bang Antonio F. Trillanes IV or Antonio F. Trillanes, either existing or closed accounts and whether single or joint accounts sa kanilang bangko," Trillanes said.

[Translation: I even asked if there was either an existing or closed account for Antonio F. Trillanes IV or Antonio F. Trillanes whether single or joint accounts in their bank.]

Trillanes added they would have gone next to Hongkong Shanghai Bank Raffles Branch, which was among the banks where he allegedly has an account, but it does not exist.

He added that the closest bank resembling the name, Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in Raffles City Tower, is also nonexistent.

Trillanes said he went next to the HSBC along Raffles Boulevard, Singapore, but only an automated teller machine was present.

"A quick check at the HSBC Singapore website showed that there is no HSBC Raffles Branch," Trilanes said.

Trillanes then slammed Duterte for throwing baseless allegations at him.

"Maliwanag na nagsisinungaling si Duterte at gawa gawa lang nila ang mga paratang niya na meron akong mga foreign bank accounts," Trillanes said.

[Translation: It's clear that Duterte is lying and he's making up allegations that I have foreign bank accounts.]

He added that the accusations were meant to divert the attention away from Paolo Duterte's alleged involvement in the Customs bureau drug smuggling.

Trillanes then challenged the President to sign a waiver so his own accounts could also be checked.

"Mr. Duterte, pusoy ka na. Checkmate ka na. 'Wag ka na magpalusot. Pumirma ka na lang ng waiver para malaman na ng mga loyalista mo kung gano ka kakurakot," Trillanes said.

[Translation:Mr. Duterte, you're caught. Don't make excuses. Sign a waiver so your loyalists would know how corrupt you are.]

Trillanes earlier said he has looked into the accounts Duterte alleged, tracing it back to reports from Tulfo, the blog of Uson, and the Davao Breaking News website.

While Trillanes has proven that he has no offshore accounts in Singapore, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said it "needs to be further verified."

CNN Philippines' Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.