Davao City mayor and leading presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has yet revealed another twist as the day of election is just days away.
Mayor Duterte admitted that Mar Roxas was right all along and that he actually does have and maintain a dollar account. However, Duterte did not disclose how much is in his dollar account, but he did promise the public that he will open such account on Wednesday.
"Dollar ni Roxas, buksan ko 'yan Wednesday (I will open the account on Wednesday). Sabi n'ya (Roxas), may dollar account ako na milyon, ako mismo, 'yan lang dalawa talaga eh (Roxas said I have a dollar account with millions in it)," Duterte told the media after his airplane landed in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur.
The mayor was then asked by ABS-CBN News' Doris Bigornia if he will pen the account describerd by Roxas in which the mayor replied “Yes.”
"Pero gusto ko, kainin ni Roxas (But I would like Roxas to eat it). Gusto ko, pagkatapos, kainin ni Roxas ang statement ng bangko (I want him to eat the bank statement after). Ipakain ko sa kanya (I will let him eat it)," Duterte added.
It can be recalled that last Friday, in a press conference, Roxas disclosed that the tough-talking mayor has an undeclared dollar account.
According to Philippine Laws, all government officials and employees should declare all their assets, including bank accounts either in pesos or dollars. Furthermore, Republic Act 3019, or the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, states that a government official can be dismissed due to unexplained wealth.
Section 8 of Republic Act 3019 clearly states that "property and/or money manifestly out of proportion to his salary and to his other lawful income, that fact shall be a ground for dismissal or removal."
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism also said Monday that the mayor has shown a phenomenal growth rate over the last 19 years, as can be seen in Duterte's statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth.