Poe signs bank secrecy waiver


MANILA - Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe has joined fellow presidential candidates Mar Roxas in signing an affidavit waiving her rights under the bank secrecy law.

"Nag-sign na ako ng waiver. 'Yung waiver ko nakasulat doon na bilang isang nagtutulak ng Freedom of Information, ako ay suportado dito. Dapat ipakita iyon," Poe said in an interview in Tarlac Monday.

In her waiver, Poe said she is authorizing the Office of the Ombudsman to look into her bank accounts for the duration of her candidacy for president.

She also allowed the Ombudsman to look into the details of her accounts during her incumbency as a public servant of the Philippines.

"Dapat ipakita iyon. Lalong lalo na sa incumbency ko bilang isang public servant. Kung may just cause, merong magpapakita na ito ang dokumento at sinabi ng Ombudsman na dapat buksan, buksan," Poe said.

Roxas, along with Vice President Jejomar Binay, earlier signed the Truthful, Responsible, Upright, Trustworthy, Honest (TRUTH) covenant after a Mass presided by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

Roxas also earlier showed a notarized document allowing the Office of the Ombudsman to scrutinize his bank accounts for the duration of his candidacy.

He, likewise, challenged Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to sign a real waiver that would allow public disclosure of the leading presidential candidate's bank records.

On Monday, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the lawyer of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte showed up Monday at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Julia Vargas Branch in Pasig City, in a bid to settle the lawmaker's allegations of hidden wealth against the mayor.

Trillanes last week alleged that Duterte had P211 million in undeclared funds in his account at the BPI-Julia Vargas branch in 2014.