MANILA - Instead of merely resigning from his post, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is willing to go be imprisoned if his accusations against President Rodrigo Duterte are proven false.
Trillanes has repeatedly accused Duterte of having had bank transactions amounting to P2.407 billion. He also facilitated the public confession of retired policeman Arturo Lascañas, who accused the President of ordering and paying for clandestine killings when he was still mayor of Davao City.
"Nag-offer na ako, prove me wrong, magre-resign ako para mawalan na kayo ng problema. Dinagdagan ko pa ngayon, sabi ko 'pag inilabas niyo ang [bank] transaction history niyan ni President Duterte, na mali ako sa alegasyon ko, hindi lang ako magre-resign, magwa-walk in na ako diretso sa kulungan para hindi na kayo kailangang mag-imbento ng kaso sa akin," Trillanes told radio DZMM.
(I have offered that if you prove me wrong, I'll resign so you would no longer have problems. Now, I'm daring you to bare the bank transaction history of President Duterte and if I'm wrong, I won't just resign, instead I will walk into prison so you will not need to fabricate cases against me.)
The senator said Duterte should be impeached for mass murder and plunder.
Duterte, meanwhile, has also volunteered to step down from the presidency if Trillanes can prove that he has amassed P2 billion illegally.
He has also denied ordering summary executions, either as president or during his 22 years as Davao mayor.
Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo has said Trillanes is "hallucinating" in claiming there are grounds to impeach President Duterte.