- Bong Go has vowed to step down from his post if proven that he really intervened in the Navy frigate deal
- The Palace official challenged the lawmakers to ask any of the Navy officers if he really called them
- He also lambasted the Inquirer and Rappler news articles implicating him in the controversy
MANILA, Philippines – Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher ‘Bong’ Go has vowed to resign if it is proven that he really intervened in the controversial P15-B Navy warship deal which is being investigated at the Senate.
Go attended the Senate hearing on Monday, along with other Cabinet officials including Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.
The Palace officials maintained he never called any officials of the Philippine Navy to influence them in the decision over the procurement of two Navy warships.
“Puwede n’yong isa-sahin lahat kung meron ba akong tinawagan, tinanong o nag-influence man lang ako para ibaligtad? Isa lang,” Go told the lawmakers; referring to the Navy officers present at the hearing.
[You can ask each and everyone here if I really called them, ask them or influenced them to overturn (the decision), just one,” said Go.
“’Pag may nakapagturo, paglabas ko rito, I will resign. ‘Pag merong nakapagsabi na if (I) intervened, kung meron man,” he added.
[If someone can prove it, once I leave here, I will resign. If there’s anyone who could prove that I intervened, if there really was one.]
Go also described the news articles published by Rappler and Inquirer implicating him in the deal as ‘fake news’ and ‘malicious’.
“Hindi pa nila sigurado kung nag-intervene ako o alam ko ito, ‘intervenes’ agad?” Go asked, referring to the Rappler article.
[They’re not even sure that I really intervened, yet the title said ‘intervenes’ already?]