Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday jeered at President Duterte and his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte for rejecting Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s problem to disprove corruption allegations towards them.
“Duterte does a cop-out,” she stated on Trillanes’ dare to the Chief Executive, after her colleague accepted his problem to execute waivers permitting the Ombudsman and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to confirm the accounts Duterte claimed to be owned by him.
The President, the senator stated, was caught flat-footed by the transfer taken by Trillanes.
“The macho man who has challenged Trillanes to a gun duel cannot even lift a pen to sign a waiver. He has adopted his own son Polong’s ‘palusot’ that they are not ‘uto-uto’,” she stated.
“This is of course another lame excuse to evade accountability and transparency. While Trillanes has accepted the challenge to be transparent, the Duterte father and son are hiding-in-tandem, afraid to be exposed for what ultimately is the truth about their family’s ill-gotten wealth and other illegal activities,” De Lima stated.
Trillanes has accused the youthful Duterte of being allegedly a part of a drug triad and for retaining supposed secret financial institution accounts as nicely.
“The issue here is transparency and accountability. Both Dutertes have miserably failed in the face of the categorical challenge to be transparent and accountable. Polong demanded that he be given a chance to clear his name. When given such opportunity, all he did, upon the advice of his father, was to clam up and refuse to answer questions on his bank accounts and membership in the Chinese Triad,” she stated.
De Lima likened Duterte’s refusal to execute a financial institution waiver of his personal, a problem made by Trillanes greater than a 12 months in the past, to his son’s “no way” response when the vice mayor was requested if he’s prepared to have his tattoo be photographed.
Trillanes claimed that Paolo’s tattoo is proof of his alleged membership in a drug triad.
“These are public officials evading accountability, hiding their ill-gotten wealth, hiding-in-tandem,” she stated.