MANILA - Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday lashed back at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the latter accused him of not declaring over P200 million in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) in 2014.
Speaking before members of the business community, the PDP-Laban standard bearer called on Filipinos not to believe the words of Trillanes, whom he described as "dangerous."
"I am not a rich man," Duterte said. "Huwag kayong maniwala diyan. It's pure garbage."
"What I have is P200,000. Puro kabalastugan yan. Trillanes, he is a dangerous man. Kita mo ang porma maglakad, akala mo kung sino ang buang (crazy)," he added.
In an earlier interview on ANC, Duterte's spokesperson, Peter Laviña, also denied Trillanes' allegations, insisting that the mayor's family has been living a simple life.
Laviña added that as early as March 11, Duterte and his running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, signed a document waiving their rights to all of their bank accounts to prove they do not have any ill-gotten wealth.
He said Trillanes is only engaging in "cheap gimmicks" in an effort to boost his numbers in pre-election surveys. The senator has been lagging behind the five other vice presidential candidates in voter preference polls.
"That is a total lie. This is a fabrication. This is part of the trapo-style smear campaign being waged against Duterte who is now the frontrunner in our presidential race," said Laviña.
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Trillanes, citing data from his "network of informants," has alleged that Duterte has a joint bank account with his daughter, Sara, at a BPI branch on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City, which contains the undeclared funds worth P211 million.
In his 2014 SALN, Duterte reported a net worth of only P21 million.
"We are talking about somebody running for president who is pretending to be poor, but it turns out he is a fraud. He has to explain it," Trillanes said.
"If I am wrong, I'm going to resign from the Senate."