Poe on Duterte: 'Di pwedeng ngayon ganito, bukas iba

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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Grace Poe. File Photo

MANILA - A president should always be truthful, Senator Grace Poe stressed on Saturday

Poe issued the statement when asked to weigh in on presidential rival Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's contradicting statements over his bank account which allegedly contains over P200 million undeclared funds.

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"Siyempre, may pangamba dahil may posibilidad nga kung saka-sakali ikaw ay magiging pangulo, kinakailangan ay ang ating mga kababayan ay nakakaasa sila na talagang maglalahad ka palagi ng katotohanan hangga't sa personal mong kabuhayan," Poe told reporters in Binangonan, Rizal.

"Kasi yan naman talaga ang magiging basehan eh. Hindi pwede talagang ngayon ganito, bukas iba. Paano na lang tayo makakaasa?"

Trillanes on Wednesday accused Duterte of failing to declare P211 million in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) which the mayor allegedly keeps in a joint account with his daughter, Sara, at the BPI branch on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City.

The mayor's camp initially denied the existence of the account, but Duterte himself later confirmed that he has an account at the BPI branch.

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Duterte insisted that none of his bank accounts contains millions. But on Friday, he again changed his statement and admitted having around P200 million in bank deposits.

According to Poe, it will do Duterte good if he immediately discloses his bank records.

"Siguro lahat nung mga kinukuwestyon. Para rin sa sarili niyang kapakanan, mas maigi na na ilabas, di ba, kasi kung wala naman talagang... Kung hindi naman kanya yon, eh di ilabas na lang na hindi kanya yon, mas makakatulong pa sa kanya," she said.

Meanwhile, Poe acknowledged that she continues to trail behind the tough-talking mayor in pre-election surveys.

"Oo nga eh, talagang masyadong marami pa tayong kailangang gawin, hindi talaga pwedeng maging kampante," she said.

"Basta para sa akin, kung ano naman ang desisyon ng ating mga kababayan ating gagalangin. Ako'y naniniwala sa survey kaya nga para sa akin hindi ko sinusuko ang laban sapagkat ito'y isang paraan para maialay ang sarili kung anong maitutulong ko sa ating mga kababayan."

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