Duterte camp releases BPI document showing P27K account balance

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA — The camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday released a bank document showing that his account had a balance of about P27,000.

Duterte’s party said the bank statement listing the transactions of his account at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City showed that he did not have millions in the bank as alleged by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

“The BPI official statement belies the claim of Senator Trillanes that Mayor Duterte has a big deposit at BPI amounting to P211 million,” Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) spokesperson Paola Alvarez said in a statement.

The summary of deposits showed that from Dec. 31, 2015, to March 31, the mayor had a balance amounting to P17,668, which increased to P27,024.09 by April 29.

Alvarez quoted Jose Teodoro Limcaoco, managing director and chief financial officer of Ayala Corp., owner of BPI, as saying there had been no breach of client confidentiality amid the controversy surrounding the BPI account of Duterte.

“Our internal investigation reveals that there has been no such breach. I don’t know where Senator Trillanes got his information, but the graphic posted by the [Philippine Daily Inquirer] showing alleged credits, that is not a BPI document,” Limcaoco said.

“The deposit slip shown by Mar [Roxas] or the Inquirer is not a unique thing. All banks will show the name of the depositor on a deposit slip,” he said. “We are committed to protecting client trust and preserving the trust bestowed on us by our clients all these years.”

Alvarez said Trillanes “peddled a big, fat lie for which he should apologize to the Filipino people because he has absolutely no credibility.”

During a campaign rally in Naga City on Friday, Duterte described Trillanes as “a soldier of misfortune.” He earlier described the senator as an “idiot” and “a dangerous man.”