"The President Already Carried Out Bank Waiver" - Atty. Panelo to Tindig Pilipinas

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Attorney Salvador Panelo and President Duterte (Photo grabbed from Google. Credit to the owner)

Fresh News: Amidst the signature campaign that "Tindig Pilipinas", a cause-oriented group that is persuading President Duterte to sign a bank secrecy waiver, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Attorney Salvador Panelo reiterated that President Rodrigo Duterte had already carried out a bank secrecy waiver before and was proven innocent of the oppositions' allegations.

Atty. Panelo said that the president already established facts that those so-called multi-billion peso wealth does not occur.

"Tindig Pilipinas" was launched on September 18, led by Senators Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes IV, and Francis Pangilinan and are asking for the president to sign a bank waiver to end the supposed qualm about his integrity regarding the alleged unknown fortune.

Yesterday, Oct 14, 2017, the group pulled up a rally at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City that was headed by Trillanes and the members of the oppositions.

The group said in their petition that they are entitled to have a transparent and accountable leader so the president should sign the waiver.

As per the group, "We, the Filipino people, call on President Duterte to sign the waiver on the secrecy of bank deposits. We deserve a transparent and accountable leader,"

Photo credit to GMA News and Mark Zambrano's twitter post/photo.

Meanwhile, Legal Counsel Attorney Salvador Panelo answered the group's plea and said in an interview on radio dzBB, that Senator Trillanes had been accusing the president way back campaign days and President Duterte already executed bank waiver last May 2016 and was proven by Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) that the president do not have that millions of money rather have fifteen thousand pesos (P15,000) in his bank account only.

He also said that the special power of attorney (SPA) that President Duterte signed in 2016 is still valid.

"Matagal nang sinasabi ni [Senator Antonio] Trillanes 'yan eh, nag-execute nang waiver si Presidente noong Mayo pa of last year at napatunayan doon sabi ng BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands), ng bangko na wala siyang ganung pera labinglimang libo lang ang pera niya at that time," said Panelo.

"Meron na nga siyang waiver na valid and binding pa nga yung kanyang waiver. Kung ako yung pumirma nung waiver, pwede pa rin 'yon. Nangungulit lang sila, wala na kasing issue," he added.

Panelo also pointed out that President Duterte is a lawyer and knows the law very well and should follow the principle. Based on the law, the one who accused and complains , should be the one to prove the accusations and lay the proof. It is not possible that the one who's being accused will be the one to provide his evidence against his own self.

"Pangalawa, alam niyo si Presidente abogado, ang abogado kasi 'pag tumingin ka sa batas, sinusunod mo yung prinsipyo, sinasabi sa batas kung sino yung nag-aakusa, siya ang dapat magpruba, he has to prove, lahat sila magpruweba hindi pupwede yung mag-aakusa sila pagkatapos kukuha sila ng ebidensiya doon mismo sa inaakusa nila, hindi naman pupwede 'yon
," he added.

Panelo also challenged Tindig Pilipinas' members to also show their bank records if they can.

"Yung mga sinasabi nila, sige nga sila ang maglabas ng mga bank records nila. Ipakita nila lahat ng bank records nila," the attorney said.

SourceGMA News

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