MANILA - Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday dared his fellow presidential candidates to withdraw from the presidential race if the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) finds them guilty of wrongdoing.
Earlier, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he has already signed a waiver to allow the AMLC to investigate his lifestyle and executive performance. He said he also brought his income tax returns and statements of assets, liabilities and net worth to show that he is not guilty of corruption.
"Pinirmahan ko na po ito. Yayakagin ko kayo na pirmahan natin ho. Waiver ho, yung AMLC na tayo ay imbestigahan para makita po yung lifestyle at executive performance," he said.
Binay's statement came after Senator Grace Poe challenged the former Makati mayor to answer allegations that he pocketed millions of pesos in ill-gotten wealth during his time as Makati mayor. Binay earlier refused to face a Senate subcommittee inquiry on the allegations, saying the probe is politically motivated.
For his part, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said that if he is elected president, he will make it mandatory for government officials to sign such a waiver.
He then told Binay: "Nandiyan na yung waiver mo, Vice President? Nandiya na yung waiver? Nakakatakot na. Pirmahan ko diyan sa harap mo."
Duterte told Binay that he will withdraw from the presidential race if he is found culpable after the AMLC investigation.
"I'd like to be very, very brutally frank, to the Vice President. Sir, marami kang kaso sa COA at sa Ombudsman. Hindi, public knowledge naman 'yan. At ako naman ay sinasabi ng UNA na there's a technical malversation. Ang tanong ko, if you can produce ... pirmahan namin iyan, tapos 'pag may kaso ako, we will withdraw from the presidency derby."
However, Binay downplayed Duterte's dare and said he will not withdraw from the presidential race since he has not done anything unlawful.
"Alam mo, yung sinabi mo, Digong, magwithdraw sa presidency. E kaso, 'yung premise mo, e iyong may kasalanan mag-withdraw. Ako, hindi ako nagnakaw, bakit ako magwiwithdraw? Kung ikaw, sa konsensya mo, may kasalanan ka, mag-withdraw ka."
Dueterte took Binay's reply in stride and said Binay won't withdraw from the race since he has already spent so much for the campaign.
"O hindi kaya dahil malaki na ang gastos mo?" Duterte told Binay.
The second leg of the PiliPinas Debates was hosted by TV5, together with BusinessWorld, The Philippine Star and the Commission on Elections.