Trillanes Signs Bank Waivers, Challenges Duterte

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to sign bank waivers allowing closer scrutiny of the leader’s financial holdings.

Trillanes in the past accused Duterte of having hundreds of millions of unexplained Philippine pesos in bank accounts.

And, over the weekend, Duterte accused Trillanes of hiding money overseas.

On Sept. 11, Trillanes responded by signing bank waivers to allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council and the Office of the Ombudsman to examine his accounts.

He then challenged the president to do the same, saying, “I will destroy you with truth.”

The president’s legal counsel said the special power of attorney Duterte signed as presidential candidate last year satisfies Trillanes’ challenge.

The special power of attorney reportedly allows Duterte’s lawyers to examine the president’s bank records, but whether or not it allows the bank to release the records is unclear.