Palace: Duterte's remark on Trillanes' alleged offshore accounts an 'isolated case'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — Malacanang defended on Wednesday President Rodrigo Duterte, following his remarks on Senator Antonio Trillanes' supposed offshore accounts.

"This is a particular isolated case that he intentionally did that, but of course, first and foremost, he comes out in the open, he does not hide it, right so in other words he's quite transparent about his actions," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

He added the President has already put his remarks into context.

"You have to understand that the President is already transparent about that fact, that incident. So he was not hiding anything. In fact, he put it in context. He has his own logic in doing the matter," Abella said, adding Duterte has his own game plan.

Duterte has admitted he made up some of the numbers of Trillanes' bank accounts, in an attempt to throw off Trillanes.

Abella, however, said the President assured them he has the real numbers from his own private sources.

"He follows his own logic. I'm sure he has his sources, his very, very pertinent sources. And I think we should credit him with that. Credit him with the sources and his own internal logic," Abella explained.

He said even as Duterte's unorthodox actions are "rather out of the box," they still "tend to be viable."

Duterte on Tuesday revealed on the PTV show, "Sa Totoo Lang" with Erwin Tulfo, that he changed some of the numbers.

READ: Duterte: I made up Trillanes' Singapore bank account number

"Wala 'to, imbento lang. Ikaw Trillanes...para mahuli ko...wala ito, produkto ng isip ko 'to. Tinanggalan ko lang, tinignan ko lang, ginamit mo, nag-isyu ka ng waiver," Duterte said.

[Translation:I just made this up. I can catch him...This is nothing, just a product of my imagination. I omitted some numbers, I just wanted to see; you issued a waiver.]

Also on Tuesday, Trillanes flew to Singapore to prove the alleged offshore accounts did not exist, as verified by a bank teller in DBS Bank Alexandra Branch.

He also noted his accounts in other banks were nonexistent.

Duterte's allegation was in response to Trillanes' accusation during the campaign period that the then presidential candidate funneled billions of pesos in several accounts in the country.