Minority senators eye probe on controversial PH Navy warship contract

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  • Opposition lawmakers in the Senate have filed a resolution that would open an inquiry into the P15.7-B Navy project
  • The senators want related committees to conduct a probe in the status of the implementation of the project
  • The Palace said they welcome the Senate move

MANILA, Philippines  –  Following allegations of anomaly in the now-controversial Philippine Navy project worth P15.7-B, opposition lawmakers in the Senate are looking into the possibility of conducting an investigation.

The government contract which involved an acquisition of two Navy frigates has opened a Pandora’s box after Special Assistant to the President Bong was accused of meddling in the choice of of manufacturer who will build the combat management system (CMS) for the ships.

Members of the minority bloc in the Senate including Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila Delima on Tuesday filed Resolution No. 584 directing the committee on national defense and security and the congressional oversight committee on the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act to conduct an inquiry on the status of its implementation.

The story on Go’s alleged intervention in the negotiation was published by Rappler and Inquirer early this week in which a ‘white paper’ supposedly showed how the Malacañang official tried to influence military officials in its choice of supplier.

Go has since denied the allegation which Malacañang said was ‘untrue and unfounded’ based on the result of their internal probe.

On Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace welcomes the Senate move to conduct an inquiry into the matter as it would determine if the Aquino government “committed any anomalies in the bidding”.