MANILA, Philippines – While campaigning in Zamboanga City on Thursday, April 28, Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential bet Leni Robredo signed a waiver allowing the Ombudsman access to her financial documents.
The “Affidavit of Transparency” was posted on the Camarines Sur representative’s Facebook page on Friday, April 29. On Thursday, Robredo’s standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II made public a similar affidavit which allows the Ombudsman the same access.
The tandem’s affidavits allow the Ombudsman to obtain documents showing their assets, liabilities, net worth, and business interests. It also waives to the Ombudsman bank secrecy privileges.
Roxas and Robredo’s signing of separate affidavits comes at the heels of controversy over leading presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s supposed “hidden” bank accounts. (READ: Trillanes to Duterte: Stop doing a Binay, wign waiver)
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who is running for vice president as an independent, revealed earlier this week that Duterte had bank accounts undeclared in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN). The senator alleged the bank account contained over P200 million, and that there were P2.4 billion in transactions.
Duterte vehemently denied the existence of the account but the next day, a friend of journalist Ellen Tordesillas confirmed its existence by depositing money into BPI account. Roxas’ camp also deposited P500 into the supposed BPI account shortly before he held a press conference on Thursday.
The account, based on the deposit slip, belongs to a “Rodrigo Roa Duterte or Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sara Z Duterte.” Sara is the daughter of Duterte, who is seeking to replace him as mayor of Davao City.
Duterte would later confirm the account’s existence, but insisted that it did not contain millions. (READ: Duterte hiding P211M from SALN? ‘That’s garbage’)
Government officials are required to disclose their wealth yearly.
Both Roxas and Duterte have been government officials for over two decades. Robredo, the widow of the late Naga Mayor and interior chief Jesse Robredo, only joined government in 2013. – Rappler.com
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