- Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte answers in jest why he has multi-million peso deposit on his birthday
- He says that only means that he has a lot of rich friends
- Duterte maintains that he has no ill-gotten wealth
Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte ‘discloses’ why he has multi-million peso deposits to his bank account during his birthday in 2014.
“Ibig sabihin niyan marami akong kaibigan na mayaman [That only means I have a lot of rich friends],” he said, as quoted in an article written by Trisha Macas and JST on GMA News. The statement was made when he was asked if it is true that there were seven deposits made to his Bank of the Philippine Islands account.
On the other hand, when asked again if these “birthday gifts” were considered improper, he said his earlier statement was just made in jest.
“Kayo ang nagsabi niyan, hindi ako. Eh kung ganoon marami pala akong kaibigan. Kapag ganoon, pinapasakay ko lang kayo. Ano ba kayo uy [You were the ones who said that, not me. If that’s the case then I have a lot of friends. I’m just kidding],” he said.
Morever, Duterte maintained that he has no ill-gotten wealth.
“Saan ko ninakaw? I have been mayor for 22 years, meron ba kayong nakitang kasong corruption? Ask anybody in Davao kung nakialam ba ako ng transaction. Maybe you have forgotten that. Hindi naman ako — anyway, ayoko magyabang [Where did I steal that? I have been mayor for 22 years, did you see any corruption case? Ask anybody from Davao if I got involved in any transaction there. Maybe you have forgotten that. I’m not — anyway, I don’t want to boast],” he added.
Duterte only confirmed an account at BPI Julio Vargas Avenue branch in Ortigas. It is a joint account with his daughter lawyer Sara Duterte-Carpio who is running for Davao City mayor. He said the amount in the account is less than P211 million as alleged by vice presidentiable Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.