Trillanes: Duterte’s corruption ‘admission’ ground for ombudsman probe

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Trillanes: Duterte�s corruption �admission� ground for ombudsman probe

Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV pushed for the Office of the Ombudsman’s investigation against President Rodrigo Duterte citing his “admission” of corruption as grounds.Senate PRIB

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV on Monday pushed for the Office of the Ombudsman’s investigation against President Rodrigo Duterte citing his “admission” of corruption as grounds.

During his speech at the 140th founding anniversary of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association Inc. last June 29, Duterte expressed anger over the continued corruption in government. He then jokingly cited himself as a former corrupt official and admitted to having committed theft.

“I hate corruption. Hindi ako nagmamakalinis, marami rin akong nanakaw pero naubos na, so wala na,” Duterte said.

WATCH: Duterte jokes about having committed corruption

For Trillanes, the president’s statement is enough proof of corruption.

“This admission confirms my corruption allegation against Duterte. I have filed a case against him before the ombudsman, along with the necessary evidence to support the case. This admission should be a reason to expedite the investigation,” Trillanes said.

In May 2016, Trillanes filed a plunder case against Duterte before the Office of the Ombudsman. He complained about the president’s alleged unexplained wealth and undeclared billions in his bank accounts.

The senator also complained about Duterte’s alleged hiring of 11,000 ghost employees during his term as Davao City mayor, which, according to Trillanes, could be one of the sources of unexplained wealth.

Trillanes also revived his concern on the supposed undeclared wealth of Duterte last February. He said it is an old issue but needs to be addressed. 

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