@junyeeloyola’s tweet on ‘Duterte’s BPI balance’ causing a ruckus on social media

Image by Junyee Loyola via Twitter account
  • A tweet posted by @junyeeloyola of TV5 showing the alleged summary of deposits in the BPI account of Rodrigo Duterte has been raising a ruckus on social media since it was posted
  • The summary, allegedly shown by Duterte himself during a sortie in Daet, shows deposits done from December 31, 2015 to March 31, 2016 amounting to P17,668 which have increased to P27,024 by April 29, 2016
  • Online users expressed confusion and raised questions regarding Trillanes’ claims with special concern over bank secrecy law

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV  have strongly criticized the contradicting statements of the presidential race frontrunner and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte whom he said cannot be trusted.

Earlier, the vice presidential hopeful accused the mayor of having a bank account that allegedly contains over P200 million — which was purportedly undeclared in his 2014 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

After proof surfaced on social media that a joint account of Duterte and his daughter Sara exists, Duterte himself admitted that indeed he has several accounts with BPI, but denied having millions. Instead he insisted that two of these accounts only contain P50,000 and P17,000 each.

Trillanes, in a bid to prove his claims, challenged Duterte to meet him in the BPI Julia Vargas branch on Monday morning and sign the bank secrecy waiver. In response Duterte dared Trillanes back — to bring his statement under oath or an affidavit to declare as to how he got the information on his bank accounts.

However, Trillanes refused to take Duterte’s challenge to bring an affidavit; saying Duterte is misdirecting the public on the issue.

And then here comes a tweet posted by Jun Loyola [@junyeeloyola] of TV5 on April 29 showing a photo of the alleged summary of deposits in the BPI account of Rodrigo Duterte — deposits done from December 31, 2015 to March 31, 2016 amounting to P17,668 and which have increased to P27,024 by April 29, 2016.

Will heads roll?

Questions were asked as to its authenticity, even by well-knownTeddy Locsin Jr. himself — to which Loyola replied with affirmation.

“So sir this was provided by Mayor Duterte himself right?” asked by Twitter user William Dolino

 “…yes, sa campaign rally nya sa Daet kanina”; pertaining to a Digong sortie on April 29.

The exchange of views and reactions by some Twitter users on the post is rather interesting.

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The post has since been retweeted nearly 600 times and shared on Facebook pages.

One such repost on FB by a Digong supporter has become viral; whereby the twist in the controversy has been dubbed as the “Trillanes telenovela.”

Why did Digong not sign the waiver and instead just allowed access to his BPI Account? Because a waiver would have been more complicated. Here, when Trillanes is proven wrong, he can be charged and jailed. I know, you will ask for the history of the account. While I believe it is too much to ask, I want it to appear also. So get those popcorns and let’s watch this Trillanes telenovela.

Meanwhile, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte has already asked BPI Julia Vargas branch to open his account records on Monday, May 2, in front of his lawyer Salvador Panelo and Senator Trillanes. Duterte has stated that he will be unable to go to the bank himself due to a commitment at his hometown, Davao City.

Earlier, BPI has denied via an official statement released on April 29, 2016 that there was any breach in its banking system leading to the leak of a client’s information.

Let’s take a closer look at the bank statement via this video report by GMA News and Public Affairs: