Duterte blasts Senator Trillanes over secret bank accounts allegation

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte went ballistics on Thursday as he hit back at Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th, calling the oppolsition lawmaker a “tulisan” (bandit) after he tried to resurrect the allegation that Duterte hid more than P2 billion in secret bank accounts, The Manila Times Online reported on Friday.

In a three-minute video uploaded on Facebook, Duterte accused Trillanes of being in the business of asking for “retainers” and defended members of his family whose names were dragged by the former navy officer: his partner Honeylet Avancena and daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, the mayor of Davao City.

“You know Trillanes, Honeylet started her doughnut business 18 years ago. She supplies meat to five malls here in Davao. That woman has a lot of money. She is industrious, unlike you who is ambitious,” said Duterte.

“He (Trillanes) must have forgotten that my daughter, Sara, is a lawyer by profession and that she earns from this and that and she has clients who actually pay for her services and not from illegal retainers which Trillanes is so used so doing,” the president added.

President Duterte however made a dare of his own, saying: “If Trillanes can prove that I have amassed P2 billion 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.”

He then advised the opposition senator to file a case against him in the court or just shut up if he has nothing to say anyway.

Trillanes, a former navy officer, rose to prominence when he staged a failed military uprising at Oakwood hotel in Makati in 2003.