- Palace has supposedly investigated Bong Go’s alleged meddling in the affairs of the AFP
- The probe concluded the allegations against Go were unfounded, said Harry Roque
- Roque added the media should instead ask Rappler where they got the information
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang Palace has investigated Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and found him innocent from the allegation earlier raised by news outlets Rappler and Inquirer, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed on Thursday.
“An investigation has been conducted and it has been found that the allegations of Rappler are untrue and unfounded,” Roque told reporters during a press briefing in Legazpi City.
Roque was referring to a news article accusing Go of intervening in a government project on the purchase of two warships worth P15.7-B for the Philippine Navy.
Duterte has since defended Go from the allegation and challenged the accusers to provide evidence. He also lambasted Rappler, which carried the story along with Inquirer, for being a ‘fake news outlet’.
Last Wednesday, Roque said it was impossible for Go to have intervened since bidding was over and the project was already awarded to Hyundai.
He again reiterated this on Thursday and urged the media to instead ask Rappler where they got their information.
“So again, I’d like to debunk the claim of Rappler that this combat system was procured separately from the frigates; hindi po [not true],” Roque said.
“Iyong 15.7 billion na binili po nating [The procured P15.7-B] frigates includes already this combat system and because this was already awarded to a Hyundai,” the Palace official added.
Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana likewise defended Go, insisting “there was neither hint nor guidance from the Palace or from Sec. Bong Go to influence the implementation of the project.”