- Senator’s former staff confirmed that P24M BDO account exists, but is not under his name
- He denied owning the account, said his savings are with Landbank and PNB
- He is hoping his name will be cleared, is asking for justice against those who tagged him
MANILA, Philippines – The P24 million BDO bank account exists — only it’s not under the name of Sen. Leila de Lima’s former staff.
Jonathan Caranto, a former staff member of De Lima, confirmed that he does not own the bank account after personally verifying with the BDO branch keeping it.
“Pumunta ako dito sa Caloocan branch sa BDO to check kung may account na nakapangalan sa akin at nakausap namin with my lawyer, so wala ngang account na nakapangalan sa akin,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
[I went to the Caloocan branch in BDO to check if there’s an account in my name and we talked with my lawyer, so there’s really no account named after me.]
His lawyer, Atty. Eirene Johne Aguila, stressed that the BDO account has the same number as the one shown in earlier reports but was under her client’s name.
“Hindi niya pangalan [yung account number] at hindi sa branch na ‘yan,” she said.
[It’s not his name on that account number and it’s not that branch.]
Caranto, who denied owning the BDO account in his affidavit, said he hopes his name will be cleared especially as he has been included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug matrix.
“Kung sino ‘yung gumawa, lumabas na. Inosente ang mga tao, nadadamay. Kami, pamilya ko, walang kinalaman pero nasira na ang pangalan ko,” he said; adding that he has never been involved in illegal drugs or frequented cockpits as alleged in the matrix.
[Whoever did that, please come out. Innocent people are being dragged [into the issue]. My family and I, we have no knowledge on that but my name is being used.]
Earlier, another of De Lima’s former staff, Edna “Bogs” C. Obuyes also denied ownership of the BDO account and claimed she was just forced to make an affidavit against the senator.