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Duterte denies allegations of hiding millions in banks

Duterte denies allegations of hiding millions in banks”

"I will not submit to the jurisdiction (of the ombudsman)", he said in a curse-laden speech to lawyers last Saturday night. The Ombudsman said Friday it will continue an investigation involving the president and can not be intimidated by him.

He also accused the anti-graft office of fabricating evidence against him and threatened to investigate Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and her office for "engaging in corrupt practices".

As for Carandang, Duterte said: "Ngayon, hindi ako mag-submit ng jurisdiction because it's a lousy thing".

Carandang and other ombudsman officials were not answering clarificatory questions from reporters after issuing the statement.

"Carandang, you are holding a fabricated (document), to your sorrow, you will realize that", the president said. I'm not threatening you.

Duterte was referring to the National Bureau of Investigation, Manila's version of the FBI.

Duterte's remarks contradicted his spokesman's statement last week that the president respected the ombudsman and trusted its impartiality.

Duterte has denied any wrongdoing and publicly vowed to resign if anybody can prove he or any of his children were involved in corruption.

Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang said on Monday, October 2, that he "observed confidentiality" in the ongoing investigation into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family.

Duterte accused the ombudsman of illegally obtaining his and his family's bank records. The council is a financial intelligence agency that safeguards the privacy of bank accounts and aims to fight money laundering.

"We have yet to evaluate the request, and the initiation of an investigation as well as the release of any report on the subject will depend on such evaluation", the AMLC said in a statement.

"It could not be more than P40 million".

The AMLC Secretariat, however, clarified that it has yet to evaluate a September 6 letter from Carandang requesting the financial intelligence unit to start a probe on the President's and his family's bank accounts. Duterte said the bank transaction records were obtained without any permission from AMLC or a court. Antonio Trillanes IV in his 2016 complaint against then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

The complaint filed by Trillanes, then a vice presidential candidate, had alleged that Duterte had amassed some P200 million in various bank accounts.

Duterte came under renewed criticism, however, when he publicly acknowledged that he just made up a bank account number supposedly belonging to Trillanes.

Duterte insisted that his family's income comes from legitimate sources and he said it amounted to no more than 40 million pesos ($785,000).

Last Saturday, Mr Duterte said his family had properties and businesses including an ice plant and lumberyard, adding that his late father was a provincial governor.



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