- Senator accused president of using technicalities to hide alleged P2 billion
- He dared Duterte to prove sincerity, open his bank accounts
- He promised to resign from Senate, go to jail if allegations proven wrong
MANILA, Philippines – A day after the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) rejected his request to reveal President Rodrigo Duterte’s bank transactions, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV accused the Chief Executive of reneging on his promise to reveal his bank records.
“So here you see that Duterte is lying again and hiding behind technicalities so that the P2 billion he stole from the nation’s coffers will not be revealed,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
Trillanes dared Duterte — who earlier publicly announced his consent to let AMLC scrutinize his records — to sign a waiver so they could settle the issue once and for all.
“What is needed is a waiver. Duterte has to sign a waiver. You engage in so much drama. Just sign a waiver so that the people will know the truth,” he said.
The senator also vowed to resign from the Senate and go to jail if his allegations are proven wrong in the end.
“So again here’s my challenge: If my allegation is wrong, I will resign from the Senate. Not only that – I will walk into jail. I will walk into jail so that you will not have to file a case against me, because I will walk into jail if my allegation is wrong,” he said.
“It would be different if there’s no allegation. But I have an allegation and a challenge,” he added. “So if he wants to get rid of me, this is the easiest way to do it. So better do it now.”