Senator Antonio Trillanes IV promised to resign from Senate and withdraw his vice presidential bid if his claims that the presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was harboring at least P211 million in his 2014 million statement of assets, liabilities and net wort (SALN) are proven false.
In a press conference at Magdalo headquarters, Quezon City, he dared the mayor to sign a waiver that would allow the opening and investigating of his bank accounts. In case his allegations were false, he added, he also dared Duterte to file a libel case against him.
“Ngayon hinahamon ko si Mayor Duterte, pirmahan mo ‘tong waiver na ‘to na sa ganoon malaman natin once and for all kung ano ang lamang nyang account mo sa BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands).” Trillanes announced, as he dared Duterte to rendezvous at the BPI branch on Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City this Monday to personally sign the waiver.
(Today, I challenge Mayor Duterte to sign this waiver, so we can all see once and for all what’s really in his bank account.)
Mag-re-resign ako sa Senado at mag-wi-withdraw ako sa pagka-bise presidente. Kapag nagkamali ako, wala na ako sa politika,” he added.
(I will resign from the senate and withdraw from the VP race. If I am wrong, I will no longer be a politician.)
In addition to all this, Trillanes has vowed to spearhead an impeachment case against Duterte if need be, who has been the front runner of preference surveys less than two weeks before the May national elections. He would use this issue as basis to spearhead the impeachment complaint.
This started when Trillanes presented bank records showing Duterte in possession of at least P211 million in a BPI joint account in San Juan City last 2014, as well as an apartment in the same city. If the account exists and is proven to hold that amount, it would be a blow to the mayor’s integrity as an officer because he did not declare this in his SALN.
Initially, Duterte signed a pledge last March that allowed for the opening of his bank accounts for public scrutiny, but he now takes it back to “make it difficult for Trillanes.”
“Not anymore. I’ll make it difficult for Trillanes. It’s just a piece of paper. You prove it. Why will I give it to him? I’ll take the waiver and I will tell him, ‘Prove it. I will not make it easy for you. I will not play into your hands. You prove it.” The tough-talking mayor challenged.