Exposé on Duterte accounts a 'calculated risk': analyst


MANILA - Political analyst Aries Arugay believes that the exposé of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on the alleged hidden wealth of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had been a "calculated risk."

Allegations that Duterte had bank transactions amounting to P2.4 billion may have been raised with only a week before the May 9 elections in a bid to prevent the leading presidential candidate from defending himself, Arugay told radio dzMM Saturday.

The University of the Philippines (UP) professor also stressed that the issue of corruption resonates with voters, as seen by how many government leaders were ousted for allegedly stealing from public coffers.

Trillanes, meanwhile, defended the timing of his exposé, saying that he only received information of Duterte's alleged bank accounts last week.

He said his camp had to conduct thorough research before baring their evidence to the public.

Trillanes, who is running for vice president, also challenged Duterte to prove that the senator was bribed with P500 million by another presidential candidate for his exposé.

Duterte has agreed to disclose his bank account at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City, in order to prove that he has no hidden wealth.

- DZMM TeleRadyo, 30 Abril 2016