San Miguel Corporation (SMC) made it clear on Thursday that their supposed check circulating online giving vice presidential bet Senator Antonio Trillanes P500 million is fake.
“This is nothing more than a fabrication and a blatant disinformation. SMC does not have an account in the said bank branch and has never issued such check to Sen. Trillanes,” SMC said in a statement.
SMC sought the help of Banco De Oro, the supposed bank where the check came from, in attesting that the bill is fake.
“BDO has attested that it does not have any record of any account maintained by SMC with the bank’s Tandang Sora branch and that the alleged account number 001168795215 does not exist in the Bank’s system and records,” SMC said.
“Having said that, we denounce, in the strongest terms, this apparent effort to deceive the public and drag our company’s good name in current political issues,” the company added.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, we enforce a strict code of ethics that ensures The Company does the right thing and that it safeguards the long-term interest of its customers and stakeholders.”
Side by side
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV also disproved the authenticity of the check by presenting a side-by-side comparison of the check on the internet and the copy it was allegedly sourced from.
Sen. Trillanes: Check presented a fake; di ko uurungan yung Dutertards para sa ikabubuti nila pic.twitter.com/tdFzhRfvCt— Rie Takumi (@rie_takumi) April 28, 2016
"Lumabas yung totoong cheke, magkaparehas ang check number, so finotoshop," he said.
He then produced the same statement BDO furnished SMC.
BDO certifies that Trillanes/San Miguel's alleged P500 million account does not exist pic.twitter.com/PzmENw2qCU— Rie Takumi (@rie_takumi) April 28, 2016
"Ganumpaman, susulatan yang BDO kung ito nga ba ay ang kanilang standard na issuance ng cheke na ganito kalaki o ganito, corporate (na) mga accounts para magkaalaman," Trillanes said.
He added that his actions against Duterte was not motivated by any allegiances he had. He has previously declared his support for the candidacy of Sen. Grace Poe, Duterte's rival for the top post.
"Hindi niyo ba nare-realize na meron kaming sariling paninindigan? Give us a little credit 'cause we're staking our lives here. Hindi 'to madali," Trillanes said.
The check allegedly signed by officers of San Miguel popped up on social media in a Facebook account with posts criticizing Poe, presidential sister Kris Aquino, Trillanes, and the executive minister of Iglesia ni Cristo. —Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena and Rie Takumi/KG, GMA News