Duterte orders AMLC to show his worth

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2017 09:25 PM | Updated as of Feb 18 2017 01:56 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte Reuters/File Photo

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he has ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Council to disclose information on his net worth, in response to allegations by Senator Antonio Trillanes that Duterte and his family have billions of pesos in their bank accounts. 

Duterte made the statement during a private dinner with members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1967 Friday night at the Baguio Country Club. Duterte has been an adopted member of the class since 1994, when he was still mayor of Davao City.

"I've ordered AMLC and everybody to give information sa ano ang what's my worth in this, in terms of pesos in this planet so hindi ko kayo hiyain. Walang anak ko o ako mismo sa totoo lang, I have not signed any voucher even for myself. I only receive a salary and that's it. I do not accept my allowances. Wala po ako, I avoided it and it will be so until the end of my term," Duterte said. 

The President told his mistahs that he is willing to resign should allegations of corruption against him or any member of his family are found true.

"I am greatly proud to a class of 1967. And there will be never be a time that I would shame the class. Just to make clear, it's a matter of principle also and honor, I said during the campaign that if any of my family or ako mismo would be involved in corruption in government, you can be sure you have my word I will resign immediately," he said.

The PMA Alumni Association is set to present a manifesto of support to Duterte in the Annual PMA Alumni Homecoming in Baguio City Saturday. During the program, Duterte is also expected to take oath as an honorary member of the PMA Alumni Association.

In a video released by the Palace late Thursday night, Duterte denied that he has amassed P2 billion illegally.

The President said he and his family earned money through legitimate means.

He said that his daughter Sara, a lawyer by profession and now mayor of Davao City, earned through legitimate transactions with her clients.

Duterte also revealed that his common-law wife, Cielito "Honeylet" Avancena, started her doughnut business 18 years ago and now has 11 Mister Donut outlets. She also supplies meat to five malls in Davao, he said. 

Duterte also said his late father, Vicente Duterte, a former governor of a then-unified Davao province, left them with inheritance.

In a press conference also Thursday, Trillanes presented documents claiming that bank accounts of Duterte and his three children, and some under the name of Avancena, had about P2 billion from 2006-2015.

Trillanes said Duterte should come forward and prove him wrong. If his allegations are not true, Trillanes said he will resign from his senatorial post.