Duterte says willing to open bank accounts to anti-corruption body

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2018 12:51 AM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he will open his bank accounts to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and vowed to resign from his post if he has more than P40 million in it.

“Kayo, anytime I will give you the authority. Honestly. If it exceeds P40 million, kasali ko na ang inheritance ko noon, pag sobra dyan, I step down,” Duterte told officials of the PACC who took their oath before him.

But the authority to look into his bank accounts does not cover the President’s critics.

“Pero ikaw kalaban ko sa pulitika, if you want evidence, do not get it from my mouth or make me do the effort. Go to hell. Do not task me to do it,” Duterte said.

Duterte created the PACC in October 2017 to rid government of corrupt public officials.

The commission was created a week after Duterte vowed to form a body that would investigate alleged corruption at the Office of the Ombudsman, an independent agency primarily tasked to investigate corruption allegations against public officials. 

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV called on the Senate to look into bank documents and investigate the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Trillanes first accused Duterte of keeping hidden wealth during the 2016 elections. He claimed that the President, then mayor of Davao City, had failed to declare P211 million in 17 accounts. 

But Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III believes the Senate is not the proper body to probe the alleged hidden wealth.