(The Philippine Star)

It would have been a moment of truth for their supporters and the public, but Monday’s much-awaited opening of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s account with supposedly millions of pesos in bank deposits – in response to a challenge from Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV – failed to materialize.

Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Sonny Trillanes IV arrives at the Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) Julia Vargas branch in Pasig City

Hundreds of supporters of Duterte and Trillanes heckled each other outside the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch on Julia Vargas in Pasig City as they waited for developments. Duterte had begged off from attending the face-off, citing prior appointment in Davao City.

Duterte’s lawyer Salvador Panelo said the bank did not accept his special power of attorney authorizing him to facilitate the opening of the mayor’s bank accounts.

Instead, he said the bank management asked that it be given seven days to release details of Duterte’s accounts. Read More

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