President Rodrigo Duterte responded to allegations of Sen. Antonio Trillanes III that he and his family amassed huge amount of money while in office advising the lawmaker to bring his case to the proper forum.
In a statement he issued on Thursday, President Duterte said the allegations of Trillanes is actually an old and rehashed issue that he has answered before he became president.
“If Trillanes can prove his allegation 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,” the President said.
He stressed that the Filipino people have already spoken by placing him in office with 16 million votes during the last presidential election.
He advised Trillanes to stop opening his mouth when he “has nothing to say”.
The Chief Executive noted that Trillanes is on his last term as lawmaker and would have nothing to lose if he would resign from office.
He said this explains Trillanes’ penchant for daring him to resign adding that the senator does not have a political career after his term expires in less than two years.
Duterte likewise lashed back at Trillanes saying that he uses his office to ask for retainers.
“It is known in the Senate that Trillanes uses his office to ask for retainers and that this has become a lucrative business for him,” the President said.
The President urged Trillanes to file a case against him in court and show evidence to prove his claims.
Duterte brushed off the allegation of Trillanes noting that his family has legitimate sources of income.
The President also said that his father left something for the family who at one time became governor of Davao.###PND