MANILA-Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte "continues to deceive" the Filipino people, after the latter said that he invented a bank account number allegedly held by the senator.
"Buti naman umamin siya na sinungaling sya. To begin with, nanalo siya base sa propaganda at kasinungalingan. Sana naman maliwanagan na ang mga kababayan natin na naloko at patuloy na niloloko sila ni Duterte," Trillanes said in a statement.
(I'm glad he admitted he's a liar. To begin with, he won based on propaganda and lies. I hope our citizens will be enlightened that they have been deceived and are being deceived by Duterte.)
The senator on Tuesday visited the DBS Bank Alexandra Road branch in Singapore to prove that the account being linked to him was non-existent.
A DBS teller said there was no such account at their bank.
Trillanes tried but failed to get a certification from DBS because he was not a client.
Trillanes then went to the Raffles City Tower to check business listings for the "Hongkong Shanghai Bank," where he allegedly concealed an account with a balance of some SGD 278,000, per documents being circulated on social media.
He found no listing for the supposed bank.
Duterte on Tuesday claimed that he intentionally gave the wrong number of Trillanes' alleged bank account in Singapore hours after the lawmaker proved he had no such account.
In a television interview, Duterte said he modified the number of Trillanes’ supposed bank account at the Bank of Singapore to “catch” the senator for lying.
Duterte earlier said in an interview last week that Trillanes' account at the DBS Bank was under the number 178000296012.
On Tuesday, the President said he gave an incorrect one on purpose.
“Binawasan ko ng number, imbento lang,” Duterte said.
“Diyos ko Trillanes, when you lie, you put another lie to cover this lie… patong patong na iyan.”
Duterte then claimed anew that Trillanes' alleged real account number is "11780-00281-60-2."
Trillanes previously signed a waiver for 12 bank accounts being linked to him and dared Duterte to do the same.
Duterte and Trillanes have many times exchanged allegations that the other has hidden wealth deposited in their bank accounts.
Trillanes earlier reiterated his allegation that Duterte has billions of pesos in the bank after the president called him “political ISIS.”
Duterte hit back and claimed that Trillanes shares his alleged offshore bank accounts with a Chinese national.-- With reports from Sherrie Ann Torres and Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News