“TULISAN ka sa totoo lang!” President Rodrigo Duterte exclaimed even as he dared Sen. Antonio Trillanes lV to prove his allegations that he has about P2 billion in bank accounts.
In a pre-taped interview sent to Palace reporters Thursday night at the presidential guest house in Panacan, Davao, Duterte said: “This I can say: If Trillanes can prove his allegations that I have amassed P2 million illegally, or if that bank account under my name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion, I will resign as president immediately.”
Duterte added. “My mutiny-mutiny ka pa wala ka palang bayag. Tapos taas kaagad ng kamay pagdating ng pulis. Nakakahiya ka, sa totoo lang. Kung pamilya mo gutom noon o ngayon huwag mo kaming isali. Hindi kami kasing malas sa pamilya mo. Hindi kami mahirap, really. Tatay ko governor noon. May iniwan sa amin. Ikaw anong iniwan sa’yo? Hangin pati yabang. Tulisan ka sa totoo lang”.
The President said that Trillanes’ claim was an old and rehashed issue.
“I have answered this allegation before I became president,” he said, alluding to the campaign period during which Trillanes first made the accusation. “The people have already… they placed me in the office with 16 million votes.”
He told the senator to go to court and charge him rather than talk to media.
“I would advise Trillanes to go to court and file the proper case against me and advise him further to stop opening his mouth if he has nothing to say anyway,” he added.
The President also downplayed Trillanes’s challenge for him to resign.
The senator, he pointed out, is on his last term and would have no more political career to speak of after the end of his term. This would explain his penchant for always daring the President to resign, he said.
Trillanes, he added, also had his own illicit activities.
“It is known in the Senate that Trillanes uses his office to ask for retainers and that this has become a lucrative business for him,” he said
The President also came to the rescue of his common-law wife, Honeylet Avanceña, whom Trillanes also accused of having millions deposited in the bank.
“This is amusing how Trillanes came up with his accounting,” Duterte said. “He even included day-to-day transactions of my partner Honeylet. This just shows his ignorance with regards to banking business.”
He said Honeylet worked hard for her money, unlike the senator whom he described as merely “ambitious.”
“Trillanes, alam mo, iyang si Honeylet, started her doughnut business 18 years ago,” Duterte said. “She supplies meat sa five malls dito sa Davao. Siya yung nagsu-supply ng karne ng baboy.”
“Diyan kalaki ang pera ng babaeng yan – matiyaga, hindi kagaya mo ambisyoso,” he said.
The President also rebutted Trillanes’s allegations against his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
“He must also have forgotten that my daughter Sara is a lawyer by profession and that she earns from this and that she has clients that actually pay for her services and not from illegal retainers that Trillanes is so used to so doing,” he said.
Trillanes had asked the President to make public his bank transactions to disprove he had P2.2 billion in three bank branches from 2006 to 2015.
For his part, chief presidential legal counsel, Atty. Salvador Panelo slammed Trillanes, pointing out all his noise is “kabalbalan.”
“From the very start, kabalbalan lang naman ‘yun e,” Panelo said.
Panelo said they have already presented Trillanes’ documents to the bank, which, according to the lawyer, said those were not their official papers.
“‘Yung mga dokumento niya, prinisenta niya na noon ‘yun e. At pinakita ko na ‘yun sa bank officials ng BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands). Sabi nila, ‘Hindi po sa amin ‘yan. That’s not our official papers,’” he said.
Trillanes is the one who should produce the documents he is alleging against Duterte, Panelo said, as he is the one who is accusing.
“Siya ‘yung nag-aakusa e. Napaka-basic sa batas, kung ikaw ang nag-aakusa, i-prove mo,” Panelo said.
“I-prove mo na totoo ang sinasabi mo at magre-resign si Presidente,” he challenged Trillanes.
Panelo however said that the Palace is ignoring him even as Malacanang is not planning to sue Trillanes despite his allegations.
“We’re ignoring him. We’re even amused by him,” Panelo said. “Nakakaawa naman. Pansinin niyo naman kasi.”