SMC denies giving P500M check to Trillanes
A viral Facebook post has made rounds in social media by someone named 'Antonio Tamarkis' claiming that San Miguel Corporation has issued a check worth P500 million to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. He claims that the signature of the check belongs to the treasurer of the SMC, as well as a signature from the Chief Finance Officer Ferdinand Constantino.
This post has made rounds after Trillanes declared that Rodrigo Duterte has hidden wealth he did not declare in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities, which was at first vehemently denied by Duterte, but after a while was confirmed by Duterte to be true. The only thing that Duterte disputes is the amount inside the bank accounts, which Duterte claims is only in thousands rather than millions claimed by Trillanes.
A blatant fabrication
"This is nothing more than a fabrication and a blatant disinformation," decried the SMC in a statement today, April 28. The screenshot of the check was alleged to be addressed to Antonio Trillanes IV. SMC denied the authenticity of the check. The check claims that SMC has an account in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. SMC says that they do not have an account with Banco De Oro in Quezon City.
"We never issued such check to Senator Trillanes," said SMC.
"Having said that, we denounce, in the strongest terms, this apparent effort to deceive the public and drag our company's good name in current political issues," continued SMC.
They added: "As a responsible corporate citizen, we enforce a strict code of ethics that ensures the company does the right thing and that it safeguards the long-term interest of its customers and stakeholders."
BDO backed up SMC's defense that it does not have any account in its Tandang Sora branch.
"The alleged account number 001168795215 does not exist in the bank's system and records," said BDO.
Trillanes also denied the fraudulent claim in his official Twitter account.