Frigate deal probe 'wasting' Duterte aide's time: Legarda

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Posted at Feb 19 2018 03:32 PM | Updated as of Aug 30 2019 03:02 PM

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A Senate investigation has been "wasting" the time of President Rodrigo Duterte's long-time aide Christopher "Bong" Go, who was grilled over his alleged interference in the purchase of warships for the Navy, Senator Loren Legarda said Tuesday. 

Go was only dragged into the issue because of his note asking the Philippine Navy to explain to President Rodrigo Duterte its choice of firm for providing the ships' central management system, she said. 

"With all due respect, I think we're wasting the time of Secretary Bong Go sitting here because it is very clear, wala naman s'yang kinalaman dito. I'm not pre-judging it. I'm just calling a spade a spade," Legarda told fellow lawmakers. 

Senator Richard Gordon, meanwhile, said Go's note to the Department of National Defense is "simply a query on what the President should do so they can properly rebut or properly answer the questions allegedly propounded by a supplier." 

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri also refrained from questioning the Special Assistant for the President, saying he has known Go for nearly 2 decades and that "not once did I hear a complaint against him."

Go had denied meddling in the P15.7-billion procurement of Navy ships under the military's modernization program. 

ANC, 19 February 2018