Sara Duterte welcomes Ombudsman probe into family's wealth

Sara Duterte welcomes Ombudsman probe into family's wealth”

MANILA- The President's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, on Thursday said she welcomes the Ombudsman's investigation into her family's bank transactions.

The ABS-CBN TV network cited Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang as saying that his agency has received Duterte's bank records from before he became president from 2006 to 2016 and that they show millions of pesos (millions of dollars) being transacted in joint accounts with his children.

Malacañang on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte remains undaunted by the ongoing probe on his family's wealth and bank records.

The complaint was based on the report submitted by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on the alleged illegal wealth of the family.

"We remind ODO Carandang that investigatory records compiled for law enforcement purposes to the extent that the production of such records deprives a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication should not be disclosed while the proceedings are ongoing", Panelo said.

"The President has nothing to hide", he added.

"I welcome it so that we can finally answer all accusations in the proper venue".

Duterte inadvertently brought the issue back into public focus recently when he alleged Trillanes has several undeclared joint bank accounts with unidentified Chinese men in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and the United States.

Duterte said to the Ombudsman, "You'll be investigated also".

"If Trillanes can prove his allegation that I have amassed P2 billion illegally, or if that bank account under my name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion, I will resign as President immediately", Duterte earlier said. He mocked Trillanes for losing the vice presidential race previous year and alleged that the senator keeps funds in his bank accounts in amounts just below the level that could spark a Central Bank inquiry.

The President also claimed that because of the inheritance, he already had millions when he was still a student. "That's the Union Bank now", he said in a speech in Pasay last Tuesday.

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