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Duterte Denies, Then Admits Existence of BPI Account Exposed By Trillanes 

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On Wednesday, April 27, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV revealed that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo has P211 million in an account in the BPI Julia Vargas branch, but the presidential candidate denied the existence of the account on the same day. In a phone interview with the Inquirer, Duterte denies Trillanes’ claim, saying “I will not play into their hands by issuing a waiver. The account is nonexistent.”

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BPI Account Is Non-Existent

This firm denial was further reinforced when Duterte’s spokesperson, Peter Laviña, also told the press that the said BPI account is indeed non-existent. In a sit-down interview with news anchor Cheryl Cosim, Laviña said that the bank account is merely a fabrication. “That is a non-existent account,” he answered. He added that Trillanes’ claims are a total fabrication so Duterte now refused to sign another waiver. On March 11, Duterte and running mate Senator Alan Pater Cayetano signed a general waiver allowing the public to look into their bank accounts.

When Cosim asked why Duterte won’t sign a waiver this time around, Laviña justified it by saying that a waiver has to specify the bank branch bearing the account. And he repeated that since the BPI Julia Vargas bank account is non-existent, the mayor could not sign a waiver.

 

BPI Account Is Validated

But on Thursday April 28, a concerned citizen tried depositing P500 into the BPI account number cited in Trillanes’ documents reported on the Inquirer, the deposit was validated. And the names listed as the account holders were those of Duterte and her daughter, Sara Duterte.

Deposit Slip Duterte BPI Secret Bank Account

BPI Account Is Existent, But Contain Only Thousands

Soon after, Duterte took back his denial and admitted to having a BPI account at the Julia Vargas branch. But he said that it did not contain millions, as Trillanes has claimed. The presidential candidate that one BPI account only contained P17,000, while the other has less than P50,000, saying once more that Trillanes was only fabricating the details of his accusations. Duterte also dared Trillanes to file a case and only then will he open his bank accounts.

 

Account in BPI Has ‘A Little Less Than P200M’

On Friday, April 29, Duterte did not answer questions about the P2.4 billion transactions that Trillanes claimed to have gone through the mayor’s 17 accounts in three separate banks. However, he addressed the questions about his BPI Julia Vargas account. He said that the account contains a little less than P211 million.

When asked why he only admitted to thousands because he was confused with the zeroes, especially when Trillanes was already talking billions. A reporter asked why the money in the account was not included in his SALN, he said he already spent it. “Wala na, ginastos ko na. Nag happy-happy ako.”

 
 

What’s Going to Happen on May 2?
This has indeed turned into a bankserye as Duterte dared Trillanes to file a case and meet with Duterte’s legal counsel, Atty. Sal Panelo, on Monday, May 2, at the BPI branch on Julia Vargas Avenue. He said he already called the bank to open his account in front of Trillanes and Panelo as he will go home to Davao on Monday.

Let’s wait and see how the May 2 episode will turn out to be.

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Pimentel sees dismissal of ICC complaint versus Duterte

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Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Friday that the charges against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will likely be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

“I believe that simply is the procedure in the ICC – they give every complainant an initial chance to survive (sic),” Pimentel said in a message sent to reporters last Friday.

He added that he believes that after the initial interview, the complaint will be dismissed in just a matter of time. He says that it will be dismissed because of lack of jurisdiction.

The ICC has informed the Philippine government that it will be conducting a preliminary examination on the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration to see if there is a basis to conduct a formal investigation into alleged crimes against humanity that the president allegedly committed.

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ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the preliminary examination that will be conducted will analyze the crimes allegedly committed in the Philippines in the context of the anti-drug campaign of the government from July 1, 2016.

She also clarified that a preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process to examine the information available and determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in accordance to the criteria established by the Rome Statute.

The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC. It was signed by 123 states, including the Philippines.

The ICC has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Pimentel, a Duterte ally, doubted that what happened in the Philippines under the president’s war on drugs falls under serious and grave crimes.

“Look at the crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Do you honestly believe what has happened here in the Philippines falls under any of those very serious and grave crimes? Honestly?” he asked.

Sources:

Politics.com, Inquirer.net

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Watch how artists’ group teaches Filipinos about their rights during TokHang

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Resbak, an alliance of artists, posted an almost six-minute video on their Facebook page about what you should do when you are dealing with the police during Operation TokHang. With over 7,000 deaths, the group wanted to educate the Filipinos about what to do when they suddenly find themselves the subject of TokHang. They easily abbreviates these eight fundamental rights into M.A.T.A.P.A.N.G.

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  • M for Manahimik. You can choose to keep quiet and not answer the cops’ questions during interrogations.
  • A for Ayoko. You don’t really need to grant the cops entry into your home if they say they want to search your home for illegal drugs.
  • T for Tumawag. You can call your lawyer and avail of his services even if you don’t have money to pay for it.
  • A for Alis. You can leave if the cops cannot provide enough basis to keep you in the police station.
  • P for Pribado. You should only be frisked for illegal items in a private place and only cops of the same sex should do it.
  • A for Alamin. You have the right to know the name and rank of the cop in charge of the operation.
  • N for Numero. You can call Resbak at 0956 874 2385 if you or someone’s rights got violated under TokHang.
  • G for Go. You go and follow the rules indicated above.

You can watch the video below, which was done as a spoof of the recently concluded Miss Universe 2017.



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Are you in DCW’s list? Here are tips on how to remove your name from that list and more

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If you find your name in Duterte Cyber Warrior’s “Wall of Shame,” which may make you a target of cyber threats, such as identity theft and other kinds of attacks, you can do something about it.

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Facebook user Khary Woulfe posted some tips on how you can hit back at the group’s threats.

Before visiting the page, make sure to do “Disable COOKIES, JAVASCRIPT and POP-UPS from your browser before clicking the link,” Woulfe said.

He also referred netizens to a safer version of the list, similar to the one posted by the Superficial Gazette. You can access it here.

As for taking your name, Woulfe suggested these tips:

  1. Verify your Facebook with your phone number. This is required to change your FB username.
  2. Change your username everyday (or more frequent than that.) The Messenger change username option is the fastest way to do so. (Otherwise, go to https://facebook.com/username if you’re on computer or on web version of Facebook.)
    This way, your old Facebook address included on their lists will point instead to a 404 (Page Not Found) page.

“However, if you haven’t provided your username beforehand and your link has been listed as https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000xxxx, the link would still point to your profile right after changing your username. If this is your case, it is better to deactivate your account for the mean time,” he added.

 

Woulfe also gave tips on how to take down the website hosting DCW’s list.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form and select Violent Threats.
  2. Fill in Full name with any name that isn’t your true name.
  3. Fill in your email address.
  4. Fill in Evidence URL with https://profile.du30cw.org/wos.
  5. Fill in Logs with:
    The link provided points to a website hosted on CloudFlare. The “Wall of Shame” is actually a list of Facebook profiles with links pointing to profiles that they are going to steal infos and photos. They also send death threats and other forms of black mails. I believe such kind of activity is illegal. My family and friends are included in the list. Please don’t allow your services to be instrumental to such kind of illegal activites. Thank you.
  6. Click Submit.

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