I am talking of course about President Rodrigo Duterte and his immediate family who have been dragged into the muck of corruption charges by Sen. Antonio Trillanes saying that, collectively, they have amassed P2.4 billion in unexplained wealth stashed in secret deposit accounts from 2006 to 2015.
Initially this was brought up by Trillanes during the height of the 2016 campaign period when he claimed that millions of pesos had been deposited in the accounts of Duterte’s children with his first wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and Sebastian Duterte.
This time, however, Trillanes provided to media the supposed transaction records of bank accounts owned by Duterte that included also his common-law wife, Honeylet Avanceña, from 2006 to 2015.
Trillanes said the money that went into Duterte’s accounts – a mix of inter-account bank transfers, purchases of insurance policies, credit memos, and deposits – were not just from campaign contributions, and allegedly “showed a pattern of behavior” of corruption.
I do not know if Trillanes has enough evidence to really pin down and shame Duterte on these damning allegations because the burden of proving it is on him, but just the same the Dutertes, including Sara and Paolo, who are both public officials also, should come out contesting strongly against the accusations of Trillanes by substantiating that all are just in the fertile imagination of the arrogant and swaggering senator who can show nothing but fake documents.
What is even important is that the Dutertes, headed by the patriarch and president must do it sooner than later because Trillanes has promised to resign from the Senate if he would be proven wrong.
And what is more significant than having one less pompous and grandstanding senator of the realm step out for good from the Senate floor!
‘It’s time to unmask this guy,’ says Trillanes of President Duterte.
How wrong can Trillanes be!
There is nothing to unmask because what you see is what you get in Duterte – sincere, unpretentious and honest.
Could the same be said of Trillanes and his past as a renegade soldier?
Or is Trillanes just looking at Duterte with jaundiced eye?