Philippine president asked to release bank account details

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV first alleged Duterte had unexplained wealth during the presidential campaign last year. He told a news conference he was raising the issue again because Duterte has not yet revealed details of the more than 2 billion pesos ($40 million) he allegedly kept in bank accounts as a former city mayor.

Trillanes, one of Duterte’s harshest critics and a navy officer once detained for a failed coup plot against a former president, said he would resign if Duterte can disprove the allegations.

Duterte angrily reacted to the allegations, saying he would resign immediately if Trillanes can prove his claim of large amounts amassed illegally.

“This is actually an old and rehashed issue,” Duterte said in a statement, adding that Filipinos still voted him into power even after Trillanes made his allegations during the campaign.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte would not release those bank details “in response to grandstanding,” but suggested the president may do so as part of a legal process.

The president’s daughter, Mayor Inday Sara Duterte of Davao city, reacted to the allegations by saying if Trillanes could show where her alleged unexplained wealth “is right now and how it became illegal, let’s get it and I’ll give it to all of you.”

Source: Angola Press News Agency