“The truth, definitely, hurts.”
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV stressed this on Tuesday after the Davao City Council passed a resolution declaring him “persona non grata” for describing the city as “the most dangerous city in the Philippines.”
“My statement was based on the December 2015 statistics of the PNP that Davao has the highest incidence of murder and second highest in rape,” Trillanes said.
“The people of Davao either know it but tolerate it out of fear or they’ve actually believed the lie that was fed to them that Davao City is the safest city in the world,” he said.
Davao City is the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte. Trillanes claimed that the Chief Executive has hidden wealth amounting to over P1 billion which the latter allegedly stashed in local banks.
He filed Resolution No. 602 on February 5 directing the Senate committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the possible violation of Republic Act no. 9160, as amended, or the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) by the President and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio based on the bank documents showing undisclosed “covered transactions” as defined by the AMLA.
“President Duterte must address this issue squarely once and for all and stop fooling the Filipino people. If he has nothing to hide, he should bare it all and sign the waiver,” Trillanes said.
“On the contrary, he has been dilly-dallying in his statements, and instead has been bluffing the people by publicly ordering AMLC (Anti Money Laundering Council) to investigate his alleged bank accounts, although we all know that AMLC would not do it unless he signs a waiver on bank secrecy,” he said.