Roxas challenges Duterte to disclose bank records

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After allegations that presidential survey frontrunner Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte deposited more than P200 million to his bank account, administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II challenged his rival to disclose his bank records.

Cebu City (CNN Philippines) — Administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II on Wednesday (April 27) challenged presidential survey frontrunner Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to disclose his bank deposits.

This after vice presidential candidate Antonio Trillanes IV said Duterte, contrary to his claim that he is a poor man, has more than P200 million pesos in his bank account and did not declare this in his 2014 Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

"Mayor Duterte, liwanagin po natin ang buong katotohanan dito sa mga bank account na ito. Ang pinaghuhugutan ng kapangyarihan ng lahat ng liderato ay tiwala mula sa ating mga kababayan,” Roxas said.

[Translation: Mayor Duterte, clarify this once and for all and let us know the truth behind this bank account. The strength of all administrations is the trust of our countrymen.]

Trillanes accused Duterte of depositing P210 million in a joint account the latter and his daughter Inday Sara held at the Julia Vargas branch of the Bank of the Philippine Islands.

If the mayor has nothing to hide, Roxas said proving Trillanes' allegations wrong shouldn't be a problem.

Papaano magtitiwala ang mga kababayan natin sa ‘yo kung hindi malinaw ang inyong mga sagot sa mga malinaw na katanungan? Totoo ba itong mga bank accounts na ito? Ano ba ang nilalaman nitong mga bank accounts na ito? Saan nanggaling ang pera dito sa mga bank accounts na ito? At bakit hindi ito kasama sa iyong SALN," Roxas asked Duterte.

[Translation: How will our countrymen believe you if your answer is not clear? Are these bank accounts real? What’s in the bank records? Where do the funds come from? And why is it not included in your SALN?]

Roxas reminded Duterte that he himself signed a waiver that opens their bank accounts to the public scrutiny.

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He also takes a shot at the Davao mayor for supposedly coddling rebels of the communist group New People's Army (NPA).

"Sinisigaw ni Mayor Duterte, bayaran ‘yung revolutionary tax. Tulungan ang mga NPA. Tulungan itong mga rebeldeng ito. Nasa tama sila.” [Mayor Duterte is saying that people should pay the revolutionary tax. Help the NPA. Aid these rebels. They are on the right side.]

Mar_Roxas_Cebu_3_campaign_CNNPH.jpg Presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II said if Filipinos want a government influenced and controlled by the communist rebels, then they should vote for his rival Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.  

Si Jo[se] Ma[ria] Sison mismo nagsabi, pag nanalo si Duterte ay kalahati ng paa nila, isang paa nila ang nasa loob na ng Malacañang. Nasa sa mga kababayan natin ‘yan. Kung gusto ninyong manaig ang komunismo dito sa ating bansa, kung gusto ninyo na lumakas ang boses ng mga NPA na rebelde sa ating bansa, malinaw kung sino dapat ninyong piliin," said Roxas.

[Translation: It was Jose Maria Sision who said if Duterte wins, one of their feet is already in Malacañang. It is it up to our countrymen. If you want communism to flourish here in our country, if you want NPA’s voice to be heard louder in our country, it’s clear who you should choose.]

The NPA recently turned over five policemen hostage to Duterte.

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Duterte camp: Trillanes ‘bombshell,’ a dud

Duterte’s camp called the alleged expose of Senator Antonio Trillanes as nothing but a publicity stunt.

They branded the senator’s allegation as “a product of the senator’s fertile and malicious mind.”

Duterte’s media group head Peter Laviña reminded Trillanes that Duterte and his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano on March 11 publicly signed a waiver in their sortie in the University of the Philippines in Los Baños to open all their bank accounts.

“Trillanes is a desperate man. A man who has not discarded his putschist past and who has not shown any remorse for his reckless acts,” he added.

Laviña also reminded that Trillanes did not sign the same waiver which only Duterte and Cayetano did.

“After he was spurned by Duterte to his offer to become the running mate of the Davao City mayor, Trillanes has been on the warpath ever since. He fancies himself as fiscalizer when in fact he is a wrecking ball,” Laviña further said.

Laviña also added that the former Navy officer is paying back his benefactor by becoming the attack dog of the Aquino government.

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Towards the final stretch of campaign

Roxas, with running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, are again campaigning around Cebu province, which has around 2.7 million registered voters.

Mar_Roxas_Cebu_4_campaign_CNNPH.jpg Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II in Cebu.  

The administration bet is confident Cebu is still “yellow country,” even though some prominent clans in the province are supporting his rivals.

Read: One Cebu goes for Duterte

“I think that Cebu has always been smart voters. Cebu was one of the first provinces that went against the Marcos dictatorship. Cebu was one of the first provinces that rejected the Erap presidency. Cebu was one of those provinces that always chose correctly: for progress, for economic empowerment, for development, for transparency, for democracy,” Roxas said. “Tiwala ako, nananalig ako na ang ating mga kababayan dito sa Cebu ay pipili ng ganoon din.” [I think, I believe that our countrymen here in Cebu will choose the same.]

Mar_Roxas_Cebu_5_campaign_CNNPH.jpg Mar Roxas-Leni Robredo tandem supporters flock in front of Cebu's capitol.  

President Aquino joins Roxas and Robredo for a grand rally right at the heart of Cebu, in front of the provincial capitol.

Local allies, including the incumbent governor, are there too and are also expected to lock in more support for the tandem.