Roque hits back at Alejano, says Aquino admin should be investigated over P15-B frigate deal

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  • Roque says officials of the Aquino admin should be investigated over the P15-B navy warship procurement
  • Alejano earlier wanted Congress to look into the project due to allegations of bribery against HHI
  • Roque added the President is getting exhausted from defending the contract signed by the previous admin

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has turned the table on Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano who wants Congress to investigate the P15.7-B Navy warship deal.

Alejano said earlier he wants Congress to look into the project because the Korean firm Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) had been banned from participating in state-led bids in South Korea due to alleged bribery.

Roque said that based on Alejano’s statement, a probe must be launched on Cabinet officials of the Aquino administration involved in the procurement of the two frigates for the Philippine Navy.

“Congressman Alejano, salamat po. Dahil sa iyong sinabi iimbestigahan na po natin yung inyong mga kakampi noong nakalipas na administrasyon,” Roque said during a press briefing in Ilocos Norte on Saturday.

[Thank you, Congressman Alejano. Because of what you’ve said, we will have to investigate the allies of the previous administration.]

Roque insisted the contract was a ‘done deal’ when the Duterte government assumed office and all the present administration did was to issue a notice of award, which he said is in accordance with the procurement law.

Last month, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go’s name was dragged into the controversy after he was accused of meddling in the purchase of the Navy warships. Duterte has since defended his close aide from the allegation; saying Go’s signature was never found in the ‘white paper’ which reportedly came from him sent to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Roque said the President is getting exhausted from defending the alleged anomalous contract signed by his predecessor.

“It is about time to investigate Congressman Alejano’s allies to find out what they have done, in connection with this frigate deal,” the Malacañang official added.