Nanawagan ang grupong Tindig Pilipinas kay President Rodrigo Duterte na pumirma na ng bank secrecy waiver upang lumabas na ang katotohanan ukol sa umano’y tagong yaman nito.
Ito ay kasunod ng kumpirmasyon ng Office of the Ombudsman na mayroon silang mga dokumento na nagpapatunay umano na nagkaroon ng milyun-milyong piso ang mga bank accounts na konektado kay Duterte.
Pinaalalahanan ng grupo kay Duterte ang sinabi nito noon na magbibitiw ito sa pwesto kung mapatunayan ang alegasyon ni Senator Antonio Trillanes IV laban sa kanya ay totoo.
Basahin ang buong pahayag ng Tindig Pilipinas:
#TindigPilipinas! views with utmost alarm the Ombudsman’s announcement today that it has documents that confirm previously exposed bank accounts of President Duterte in amounts worth billions of pesos.
He cannot laugh this off, dissemble yet again, contradict himself as if this is an acceptable quirk of his character. Most of all we cannot allow this administration to create a counter crisis to distract our people from seeking answers.
The question is very simple — Where did these billions come from? Then Candidate Duterte, painted himself as a poor man who built his for-tune on his decades as a salaried civil servant. Yet, even assuming we would accept his revised story that his parents gave him a sizeable inheritance, that cannot by any stretch of the imagination, explain the billions.
We all know where the fortunes of public officials with no known livelihood come from — corruption, smuggling, crime syndicates and drugs. Tell us President Duterte, if it is none of these, then what is it?
You ran on a platform of anti-corruption, anti-crime and anti-drugs. Now you need to explain in a clear, detailed and unequivocal way what are the sources of your wealth, when you earned which amounts and where the amounts are now. The only way to do this is to sign a full waiver that will allow the Filipino people to scrutinize your explanations, in the light of the facts.
Only complete transparency is the answer which can end our doubts about your integrity.
If you refuse to sign a waiver and to refute even a whiff of unexplained wealth, then integrity also demands that you live up to your repeated promise — that you will resign. And we quote:
“If Trillanes can prove his allegation that I have amassed P2 billion illegally or if that bank account under my name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion, I will resign as President immediately.”
Mr. President, this is not merely a whiff. It is a stench that assaults the nostrils of every Filipino who cares about the nation. Sign the waiver. Integrity demands it. Resign if you cannot give us an answer. Integrity likewise demands it.