Duterte scorns Tril­lanes: ‘You want ev­i­dence? Not from my mouth’

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PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte on Wed­nes­day frowned on Se­na­tor Antonio Tril­lanes IV’s chal­lenge to sign a waiver that will al­low a pub­lic scru­tiny of his bank ac­counts pur­port­edly con­tain­ing bil­lions of pe­sos.

Speak­ing to re­porters in Taguig, the Pres­i­dent said he would not feed Tril­lanes ev­i­dence that might be used against him.

“If Tril­lanes wants to find some­thing of fault with me, tell him, ‘Go some­where else and fly a kite,’” Duterte said on the side­lines of his visit to the wake of a slain sol­dier at the Libin­gan ng mga Bayani.

“In the same man­ner that if he wants to get ev­i­dence, do not get it from my mouth. You must be stupid. Even if it is true or false, why would I give you the plea­sure? See for your­self. Don’t in­volve me in that,” he added.

Duterte’s state­ment came af­ter the se­na­tor chal­lenged him to sign bank se­crecy waivers that will per­mit the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man and the Anti-Money Laun­der­ing Coun­cil to scru­ti­nize his al­leged ill-got­ten wealth hid­den in sev­eral bank ac­counts.

On Septem­ber 11, Tril­lanes signed waivers for 12 bank ac­counts be­ing linked to him, and dared Duterte to do the same to prove his in­no­cence and de­bunk his al­le­ga­tions against the Pres­i­dent and his fam­ily.

The Pres­i­dent, in a speech de­liv­ered on Septem­ber 9, had ac­cused Tril­lanes of own­ing clan­des­tine bank ac­counts in Hong Kong, Aus­tralia, and Amer­ica jointly with an un­named Chi­nese na­tional.

Duterte said Tril­lanes might face ap­pro­pri­ate cases over his bank ac­counts abroad.

The Pres­i­dent said “there is much thing to do” to ex­pose the se­na­tor’s irregularities but stressed that he was keen to re­lease the se­na­tor’s bank ac­counts in the com­ing days.

He said he has enough ground as the in­for­ma­tion about Tril­lanes’ off­shore bank ac­counts came from a “for­eign gov­ern­ment.”

“We are build­ing a case. It’s kind of dif­fi­cult [be­cause of] Bank Se­crecy Law,” he said.

Duterte turned the tables on Tril­lanes, say­ing that the lat­ter “has per­fected the art of crime.”

“He (Tril­lanes) is the one ly­ing. He’s smart. He has per­fected the art of crime,” he said.

“Tril­lanes thinks that re­ally, peo­ple are ig­no­rant. His joint ac­counts, he part­nered with a Chi­nese. So even if he signs a waiver, if the cosigned does not, noth­ing will hap­pen. And the bank would never, never name who is the part­ner,” he added.

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