Bongbong Marcos says ready to sign bank secrecy waiver

Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News

Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. File photo

Cayetano twits Marcos for 'one bank account' claim


DAET, CAMARINES NORTE - Senator and vice-presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos on Friday said he is ready to sign a waiver allowing his bank account to be scrutinized.

In a press conference in Daet early Friday morning, Marcos said he only has one bank account -- his payroll account where he collects his salary as senator.

"I have one account, the one where I get my salary. I don't think that should apply to me (waiver to check) because the government already knows that account. But yes, if they ask for it, ill sign a waiver," he said.

Marcos was reacting to a question about his readiness make his bank account public, amid allegations presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has millions of pesos in undeclared bank deposits.

The senator said it was not his place to compel Duterte to bare the contents of the bank accounts in question. He said the public has yet to see the whole story regarding the transactions.

For his part, Duterte's running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano chided Marcos for claiming that he only had one account.

Cayetano lashed out at Marcos, saying the waiver wasn't needed in his case, because it is "a widely known fact" that the Marcos family stole millions of pesos while in power.

The senator is a son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The older Marcos was accused of large-scale corruption and massive human rights abuses during his 20 years in power, and died before the all of the cases against him, his wife Imelda, and their alleged cronies were resolved.

The younger Marcos made the rounds in the Bicol region on Friday, making stops in Camarines Norte and Legaspi, Albay.

In Daet, Marcos boldly announced he had secured the endorsement of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), a statement the INC later refuted.

According to INC spokesperson Edwil Zabala, the religious group has yet to come up with a final list of candidates it will support in the coming election.

Marcos later seemingly retracted his earlier statement, noting the INC has yet to formally endorse any candidate, and that he was hoping to secure the group's support.

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