- President said senator has Chinese partner in offshore accounts
- He claimed getting information from a foreign government
- He also said Trillanes has bank accounts in America
MANILA, Philippines – The verbal war between President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV entered a new phase after the former claimed the latter’s supposed offshore accounts had a Chinese co-signer.
“Si Trillanes, he thinks people are ignorant. Iyung lahat ng joint account niya may partner siya na Chinese,” ABS-CBN quoted him as saying. Even if he signs a waiver, if the co-signer does not, walang mangyari. The bank will never name who is the partner.”
[Trillanes, he thinks people are ignorant. All his joint accounts have a partner who is Chinese. Even if he signs a waiver, if the co-signer does not, nothing happens. The bank will never name who is the partner.]
Duterte said the information was supplied to him by a foreign government but would not elaborate.
“I think if I were not the president, I won’t be able to get that,” he said.
The president also claimed that the senator kept accounts in America and added that they will come back to haunt him in the end due to the country’s stringent anti-money laundering laws.
“And delikado sa kanya, sa Amerika. Meron siyang deposit doon. Alam mo ang Amerika, ‘pag nag-deposit ka doon, then you are engaged in money laundering, bibirahin ka,” he said. “Doon mismo. They will prosecute you. Maski na hindi ka napunta ng Amerika, the transmittal—forward-forward ka lang ng pera.”
[He’s in danger in America. He has deposits there. You know in America when you make a deposit there and then you are engaged in money laundering, you will be hunted there. They will prosecute you. Even if you did not go to America, the transmittal—your forwarding of money will be used against you.]