Trillanes denies funding destabilization plot vs. Duterte

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 30) — Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV denied President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that the senator used money from foreign deposits to destabilize the government.

"Mga bagong imbento ni Duterte [These are new fabrications of Duterte]," he said in a Friday statement. "Anyway, that's an obvious diversion from his billion-peso bank accounts that were confirmed by the Ombudsman."

Trillanes was pertaining to the statement of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang on Thursday that the agency is investigating the presidential family's wealth, in response to a plunder complaint filed by Trillanes during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Read: Palace: Duterte unfazed by Ombudsman's probe on wealth

Trillanes' statement came after Duterte said in a Friday interview on state-owned television network PTV-4 that the senator was allegedly using his foreign deposits to fund anti-administration rallies and protect whistleblowers like Edgar Matobato and Arturo Lascanas.

"'Based on analysis, the funds being laundered by Trillanes and his group may not be for their personal use, but rather, it is being used for their cause and possibly to destabilize government by paying for witnesses and funding destabilization operations,'" the President said, reading documents he brought with him.

Matobato and Lascanas are self-confessed hitmen who claim to be members of the so-called Davao Death Squad, a vigilante group that committed extrajudicial killings allegedly upon orders of then-Davao City Mayor Duterte.

Related: Lascañas ordered arrested for kidnapping

Duterte also said Trillanes has already started closing his alleged accounts in Europe and in the Cayman Islands, adding he will soon present evidence against the senator.

Meanwhile, Trillanes said on Friday he will allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to look into his bank accounts starting October 2.

"First thing on Monday, I would sign waivers for these accounts so that the AMLC can look into and examine them," he said. "Wala nang drama kasi wala akong tinatago. What about you Mr. Duterte? Kailan ka magpapakalalaki at pipirma ng waivers?"

[Translation: No more drama because I have nothing to hide. What about you, Mr. Duterte? When will you man up and sign the waivers?]

Fighting since elections

Trillanes' statement is the latest in a long-running feud between the two political rivals.

During the presidential campaign in 2016, Trillanes claimed Duterte and his daughter Sara had unexplained wealth.

Read: Banking on the truth: How Duterte, Trillanes made it to this week's headlines

Trillanes also accused Duterte of allegedly having P211 million deposited in BPI Julia Vargas, which was undeclared in Duterte's 2014 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

Related: BPI on Duterte-Trillanes row: We had nothing to do with it

During the campaign, Duterte revealed his bank records, which showed two BPI accounts containing P17,000 and around P24,000.

Read: Duterte presents peso, dollar accounts

The AMLC and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas decided not to investigate the matter further.

Read: Duterte lashes out at Bangko Sentral, AMLC over bank account controversy

Trillanes resurrected the claims in February 2017 when he said Duterte and his family allegedly have billions of pesos in undeclared bank deposits.

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

Meanwhile, Duterte accused Trillanes of having numerous offshore bank accounts.

On September 19, the President admitted he made up some of the numbers in Trillanes' alleged Singapore bank account to throw the senator off.

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

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong contributed to this report.