MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to file charges against him if the latter can prove that he extorted money from businessmen.
Duterte, in a speech before the Filipino community in Thailand, alleged that Trillanes collected money from big businesses that are afraid to turn the senator away.
"That is a lie coming from a pathological liar. Kung totoo yan, ilabas nya ang mga detalye at kasuhan nya ako. Haharapin ko yan," Trillanes said in a statement.
(If that is true, he should reveal details and lodge complaints against me. I will face that.)
Trillanes added that he bared "specific details [and] documents" to back up his own accusations against Duterte, including keeping over P2 billion in secret bank accounts and alleged involvement in the Davao Death Squad.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella has denied the allegations, dubbing the lawmaker "overly imaginative and very dramatic."