‘No such accounts exist’ – Singapore bank teller on alleged Trillanes accounts
“No such accounts exist.”
This was the response of a DBS Bank Alexandra branch teller in Singapore when Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV asked if there was an account bearing his name with account numbers provided by Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Trillanes said: “Naipakita ko dito sa pagpunta ko mismo sa DBS bank Alexandra Branch dito sa Singapore na hindi totoo ang paratang ni [President Rodrigo] Duterte na meron daw akong bank account dito.”
(“I have proven in my visit here at the DBS Bank Alexandra branch in Singapore that Duterte’s allegation that I have a bank account here is not true.”)
“‘No such accounts exist’ ang sabi ng bank teller nang ipinakita ko ang aking passport kasama ang dalawang account numbers na galing kina Duterte, Erwin Tulfo at Mocha Uson,” he added.
(“The bank teller said ‘no such accounts exist’ when I showed my passport together with the two account numbers from Duterte, Erwin Tulfo, and Mocha Uson.”)
Trillanes said he verified with the teller if there were accounts, either existing or closed, that bore the names “Antonio F. Trillanes IV” or “Antonio F. Trillanes.”
“Ang sagot muli ng teller ay: ‘No such accounts exist.’ Ito ay narinig at nasaksihan ng ilang media reporters na kasama ko sa pagtatanong ko sa bank teller,” he said.
(“The teller again answered: ‘No such accounts exist.’ This was heard and witnessed by some reporters who accompanied me to the teller.”)
The senator also said he went to the Hongkong Shanghai Bank Raffles branch where he supposedly had an account. But he found out that there was no such bank.
He then went to the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp. (HSBC) at the Raffles City Tower. But he found that there was no such branch. There was, however, an automated teller machine (ATM) on Raffles Boulevard, Trillanes said.
“A quick check at the HSBC Singapore website showed that there is no HSBC Raffles Branch,” he said.
He said Duterte was “clearly lying” and that his accusation that the senator had foreign bank accounts were all made up.
“Ito ay ginagawa niya para siraan ako bilang kritiko niya at para malihis ang atensyon sa involvement ng anak nyang si Polong [Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte] sa illegal drug shipment at sa BOC [Bureau of Customs] smuggling at sa paratang ko na meron syang bilyun-bilyong pisong deposits sa BPI accounts niya,” he said.
(“Duterte’s doing this to silence me as a critic and to divert attention from his son Polong’s involvement in the Bureau of Customs smuggling of illegal drugs and my accusations that he had a billions of deposits in his BPI accounts.”)
“Mr. Duterte, pusoy ka na. Checkmate ka na. Wag ka na magpalusot. Pumirma ka na lang ng waiver para malaman na ng mga loyalista mo kung gaano ka kakurakot,” he added.
(“Mr. Duterte, you’ve been checkmated. Stop making excuses. Just sign a waiver so that your loyalists would know how corrupt you are.”)
On Monday, Trillanes flew all the way to Singapore to belie he had offshore bank accounts. /atm
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