MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte linked the supposed bank accounts of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to alleged destabilization plots against his government.
Duterte did not present concrete evidence to back this claim.
In an interview aired on state-run PTV on Friday, September 29, Duterte said an anonymous country is providing him information about Trillanes' supposed bank accounts. Duterte said of this unnamed country, "Galit 'yan sa money laundering (They're against money laundering)."
Reading from a piece of paper, Duterte said, "Based on analysis, the funds being laundered by Trillanes and his group may not be for their personal use but rather is being used for their cause and possibly to destabilize government by paying for witnesses and funding destabilization."
Asked by Tulfo if this money could have been used to fund rallies against the government, Duterte said, "Could be."
In an earlier interview with Tulfo on this PTV show "Sa Totoo Lang (To Tell You The Truth)," Duterte said he "invented" a Singapore bank account that he claimed was owned by Trillanes.
Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at email@example.com.