Rody gives de­tails about al­leged Tril­lanes wealth

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - – Christina Mendez

Sen. An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV started ac­cu­mu­lat­ing un­ex­plained wealth dur­ing the past ad­min­is­tra­tion when he back-chan­neled talks with China at the height of the dis­pute over the West Philip­pine Sea, Pres­i­dent Duterte said.

Duterte re­vealed on Fri­day the de­tails of Tril­lanes’ sup­posed for­eign de­posits, which were not recorded in his 2016 state­ment of as­sets, li­a­bil­i­ties and net worth (SALN).

The Pres­i­dent said Tril­lanes’ bank ac­count num­ber 927519921320 in Zurich has a bal­ance of $75,000 or P3,801,385.05.

He added Tril­lanes’ DBS ac­count num­ber 178000296012 in Sin­ga­pore has a bal­ance of “193,000,” with­out say­ing whether it is in US dol­lars or another for­eign cur­rency.

“A closer look at his bank ac­count doc­u­ments in Zurich and Sin­ga­pore re­veals the name An­to­nio F. Tril­lanes,” Duterte said.

Duterte said in a TV in­ter­view that Tril­lanes started mak­ing cash de­posits while he was go­ing back and forth to Bei­jing when he was des­ig­nated as back-chan­nel ne­go­tia­tor dur­ing the Aquino ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“He was go­ing back and forth about eight or nine times to China, then that’s when he started ac­cu­mu­lat­ing money. But that was the time that we lost Scar­bor­ough Shoal,” he said.

Duterte said he got wind of a re­port from “another coun­try” which re­vealed that Tril­lanes main­tained sev­eral ac­counts in Shang­hai, Zurich, Geneva and Sin­ga­pore.

Duterte bared Tril­lanes has on­line sav­ings ac­counts with ANZ Bank and ABN. AMRO, Shang­hai.

“All for­eign ac­counts of Tril­lanes are plugged as hav­ing in­ter­na­tional trans­ac­tions,” he added.

Aside from the ac­counts in Asia and Switzer­land, Tril­lanes has four sav­ings ac­counts in the Cay­man Is­lands, which were opened on­line.

The se­na­tor also has four ac­counts in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, he said.

“Bal­ances of these ac­counts are be­low 700, whereby most of the ac­counts are within the $100,000 to $300,000 range to avoid de­tec­tion in terms of large amounts of money,” Duterte said.

Duterte claimed Tril­lanes care­fully stashed his money abroad to avoid le­gal com­plex­i­ties.

In his 2016 SALN, Tril­lanes only recorded a net worth of P6.5 mil­lion, up from the pre­vi­ous year’s P5.98 mil­lion. His as­sets in­cluded four prop­er­ties, cash and other per­sonal prop­er­ties amount­ing to P16 mil­lion.

How­ever, he recorded a to­tal of P9.5 mil­lion in li­a­bil­i­ties con­sist­ing of var­i­ous loans.

Duterte doubted the sin­cer­ity of the se­na­tor in is­su­ing a bank waiver, hav­ing noted he only signed “An­to­nio Tril­lanes” with no suf­fixes, on the pos­si­bil­ity that there are many peo­ple who bore the same name.

“That’s his style. Did it oc­cur to you, a strange thing -- does he have a peso bank ac­count?

I mean, for a se­na­tor and a fam­ily man he is, un­til now – won­der why he did not men­tion a sin­gle bank ac­count,” he said.

Duterte said Tril­lanes merely is­sued a gen­eral waiver.

“The se­cret is the money. His money spread all through­out this planet. And there are banks hav­ing his name and a part­ner. So even if he waives ev­ery­thing there, he has his Chi­nese co­part­ner for ev­ery bank. And if that part­ner would not sign a waiver then you can­not open the ac­count,” he said.

Duterte said he got in­for­ma­tion Tril­lanes has closed his Zurich bank ac­count and Sin­ga­pore bank ac­count, since all of these ac­counts are sin­gle ac­counts with­out a co-de­pos­i­tor.

Sources told The STAR that Tril­lanes has in­vited some se­lect mem­bers of the me­dia to go with him to Sin­ga­pore in a bid to dis­credit the Pres­i­dent’s claim of his ac­counts there.

But Duterte has ap­par­ently pre­empted Tril­lanes, say­ing he has doc­u­ments to prove that the ac­counts ex­isted.

Duterte’s ex­posé came weeks af­ter Tril­lanes ac­cused his son Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and son-in-law Manases Car­pio, of be­ing in­volved in the al­leged drug smug­gling at the Bu­reau of Cus­toms.

The Duterte camp ve­he­mently de­nied the se­na­tor’s al­le­ga­tions, while the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive vowed to “de­stroy the se­na­tor be­fore he de­stroys me.”

Duterte said Tril­lanes’ waiver is use­less.

“Check on this name be­cause the se­na­tor’s com­plete name is An­to­nio Fuentes Tril­lanes. When forced (to) the wall, the se­na­tor says the bank ac­counts be­long to many An­to­nio Tril­lanes. The third, the sec­ond and An­to­nio Tril­lanes Ju­nior,” he said.

He said the se­na­tor could eas­ily dis­own any ac­count un­der his name in that style.

“Maybe this is the rea­son why he is will­ing to sign a bank waiver. Be­cause no four or num­ber four in the name of An­to­nio Tril­lanes. But the date of birth and ac­count owner has been con­firmed,” Duterte said.

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