MANILA – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday claimed he had received information that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to have him killed.
Trillanes made this claim as he presented to the media documents that will supposedly prove that the president had amassed billions of pesos in hidden wealth.
“Given na iyan. Noon pa niya ako pinag-iinitan. Pinapapatay niya nga ako base sa impormasyon. Eh di tingnan natin,” Trillanes said in a news conference when asked whether he is bracing for a tirade from Duterte following his hidden wealth allegation.
Responding to Trillanes’ claim, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in regular Malacanang news briefing that the senator was just being “dramatic.”
In a news conference, Trillanes revived his allegation in April 2016 that then-presidential race frontrunner Duterte had bank transactions amounting to P2.407 billion.
The senator presented documents claiming that bank accounts of Duterte and his three children, and some under the name of the president's partner, Cielito Avancena, have about P2-billion from 2006-2015.
Duterte’s chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo said, Trillanes’ claim was a mere rehash.
Abella, for his part, said Duterte had no time to respond to Trillanes' claims, as the chief executive is focused on nation-building.
"The good senator should devote his time to other issues...this is part of the political landscape where people can make noise," Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told ANC Thursday.
"The president is more focused on nation-building," he added.
Trillanes claimed that Duterte’s camp has yet to produce the transaction history of the BPI account allegedly housing billions of pesos. The senator said most of the money in the bank account have since been withdrawn.
BPI invoked bank secrecy laws and said it would not address allegations from Trillanes.
"In BPI, we adhere to all relevant and applicable Philippine banking laws and regulations. We value our clients’ trust and we are bound by the laws on client confidentiality," the bank said in a statement.