Duterte defends Bong Go: We do not intervene in the affairs of the AFP

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  • Duterte defends his Special Assistant Bong Go from ‘malicious accusations’
  • The President said they will never intervene in the affairs of the military
  • He also challenged Go’s accusers to prove the allegation

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has taken the cudgels for his Special Assistant Bong Go who is being accused of meddling in the procurement of military equipment for the Philippine Navy.

Both Inquirer and Rappler ran a story on Go’s alleged attempt to intervene in the purchase of two Navy warships in a government project worth P15.5-B.

Go has since denied the allegation in a statement; saying he had never participated nor intervened, directly or indirectly, in the transactions of the Defense department.

In a speech on Tuesday, Duterte dared Go’s accusers to ‘find a way’ to prove the latter did intervene in the government contract. He also vowed to fire his Special assistant if he is proven to be guilty.

“Find a way na magsabi ka ng totoo nag-intervene kami [Find a way to prove we did intervene]. I’ll give it to you. And if you can find, I will ask Bong to resign tomorrow,” said the President.

“Work on it tonight. Let me know tomorrow and I will fire him if he did intervene, even for one word,” he added.

He also lashed out at the media outlets, particularly Rappler, for publishing the malicious article; calling the latter a ‘fake news’ outlet.

Duterte said that aside from the fact they will never find Go’s signature in the documents, his assistant will never intervene for the money since he is already a billionaire.

He also believes Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana and the ‘other guys’ at the DND will never allow themselves to be bribed.

“Or you think that they will allow us to bribe them with the way I talk, the way I’ve been firing people?” he asked.