Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trillanes to push plunder case after Duterte's 'admission' of being corrupt

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Manila, Philippines - Senator Antonio Trillanes on Monday pushed that President Rodrigo Duterte should be investigated by the Office of the Ombudsman after his “admission” of stealing government money.

During the president’s speech in the 140th anniversary of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association Inc. last June, Duterte mentioned about corruption and in a jest, he said that he was also corrupt and he also stole money. 

“I hate corruption. Hindi ako nagmamalinis. Marami rin akong nanakaw pero naubos na, so wala na,” the president said.

For Trillanes, the statement of Duterte is enough proof of corruption.

“This admission confirms my corruption allegation against Duterte. I have filed a case against him before the ombudsman, along with the necessary evidence to support the case. This admission should be a reason to expedite the investigation,” Trillanes stated.

In May 2016, Trillanes accused Duterte of having huge amount of money hidden in his bank accounts but the case did not progress due to lack of evidence.

On the other hand, Malacanang explained on Tuesday that Antonio Trillanes “seems to lack a sense of humor”.

“I think the senator seems to lack a sense of humor. It was said in jest, obviously,” Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, presidential spokesperson, explained in a briefing.

Also in a previous statement, Abella said that it is the president’s nature to be humorous.