By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos
President Duterte on Friday night, February 17 said he has already ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to investigate his wealth following claims of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that the Chief Executive has amassed P2 billion illegally.
In a dinner with the class 1967 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) at the Baguio Country Club, Duterte said he has ordered the agency in order to clear the air because it is “a matter of principle also and honor.”
“I’ve ordered AMLC and everybody to give information sa ano ang what’s my worth in this (on my worth), in terms of pesos in this planet so hindi ko kayo hiyain (so I won’t embarrass you),” he said.
The AMLC is mandated to protect and preserve the integrity and confidentiality of bank accounts and to ensure that the Philippines shall not be used as a money laundering site for the proceeds of any unlawful activity.
It also extends cooperation in transnational investigations and prosecutions of persons involved in money laundering activities wherever committed.
Duterte, an adopted member of the PMA class of 1967, reiterated that he will resign as president immediately if he or any of his family members are proven to have been involved in corruption.
He also added that since assuming office, he has not signed any voucher for himself and only receives his salary. He added that he also does not accept his allowances and will keep on doing so until the end of his term.
Duterte said he has to set an example because there have been so many people who have endured corruption all throughout the years.
“I would hit hard against corruption so I must set the example because if I don’t, I cannot demand obedience. I would not like to be a person who is into the blame game,” he said.
“But at least during my time, there will be a respite for the people and corruption will really be controlled or stopped. ‘Yan ang masiguro ninyo (That, I can assure you),” he added.
On Thursday, Trillanes revived his previous allegations that Duterte has undeclared wealth that reached P2.4 billion from 2006 to 2015. He first brought up the issue just days before the May, 2016 elections.
“Kaya gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo (What I want to tell you is), it’s politics again. It’s a rehash, of what they…it’s pure garbage,” he said.