President Rodrigo Duterte defended his common-law wife and his daughter from allegations by Senator Antonio Trillanes, saying they have means to make money on their own.
In an video statement taken in Davao City, Duterte offered to resign immediately if Trillanes can prove allegations that the chief executive had P2 billion worth of bank transactions.
"Ngayon kung ang pamilya mo gutom noon o ngayon huwag mo kami isali. 'Di kami kasing malas sa pamilya mo. 'Di kami mahirap din. Tatay ko governor noon. May iniwan sa amin. Ikaw? Anong naiwan sa iyo? Hangin pati yabang. Tulisan ka sa totoo lang," he said.
Duterte then defended some members of his family who were included in Trillanes' allegations.
He said his common-law wife Cielito "Honeylet" Avanceña has a donut and a meatshop business in Davao City.
"This is amusing how Trillanes came up with his accounting. He even included day-to-day banking transactions of my partner Honeylet. This just shows his ignorance with regards to the revenue and banking business, the people who have personal businesses," he said.
"Trillanes, alam mo iyong si Honeylet started her donut business 18 years ago. She supplies meat sa five malls dito sa Davao. Siya nagsu-supply ng karne ng baboy. Diyan kalaki pera ng babaeng yan. Matiyaga, hindi kagaya mo ambisyoso," he added.
Duterte also pointed out that his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is a lawyer.
"He must have also have forgotten that my daughter Sara is a lawyer by profession and that he earns from this and that and she has clients who actually pay for her services and not from illegal retainers which Trillanes is so used so doing," he said.
In his three-minute video, Duterte lambasted his accuser.
"First, Senator Trillanes is on his last term and would have known nothing to lose if he would resign from office which explains his penchant for always daring president to resign," he said.
"He actually has no political career after his term in office expires in less than two years," he added.
Duterte also hinted that Trillanes engaged in illegal activities.
"It is known in the Senate that Trilanes uses his office to ask for retainers and that this has become a lucrative business for him," he said.
"May mutiny-mutiny ka pa. Wala ka naman palang bayag. Taas agad ang kamay pagdating ng pulis. Nakakahiya ka sa totoo lang," Duterte added. — JST, GMA News