MANILA—Sen. Bong Go on Thursday welcomed a possible ethics investigation at the Senate amid allegations on questionable purchases by the Duterte administration of COVID-19 supplies.
"I respect this institution that I belong to and I hope that fairness and due process will always be upheld in these halls. Kaya kung may mag-file man ng reklamo laban sa akin sa Committee on Ethics, rerespetuhin ko naman ang desisyon ng mga kapwa kong senador," he said in a statement.
(... That’s why if they will file a complaint against me before the Committee on Ethics, I will respect the decision of my fellow senators.)
Go reiterated there was still no ethics complaint, and that he had nothing to fear and hide.
"Malinis po ang aking konsensya, wala akong tinatago at wala akong kinakatakot dahil wala naman akong ginagawang masama," he said.
(My conscience is clean, I have nothing to hide and fear because I did nothing wrong.)
Sen. Manny Pacquiao had said he would take action if a complaint against Go would be filed before the Senate ethics committee, which he chairs.
This, after 4 senators said they are in favor of investigating Go's links with Christopher Lao, former head of the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM), and other officials involved in transactions with Pharmally Pharmaceutical.
Go, President Rodrigo Duterte's longtime aide, said he would step down if anyone could prove if he was involved in corruption.
"Kung mapatunayan nilang sangkot ako sa anumang korapsyon — ni piso, I will resign. At kung napatunayan nilang may ginawa akong mali, tatanggapin ko kung anuman ang nasa batas o Senate rules," he said.
(If they will prove I was involved in any corruption—even for P1, I will resign. And if they will prove I've done something wrong, I will accept it whatever the Senate rules are.)
In his statement, Go claimed Duterte has a zero-tolerance policy against corruption.
"Basta't napatunayang sangkot ka sa korapsyon, kahit sino ka man, kahit saan ka man nanggaling, dapat kang managot," he said.
(As long as it's proven you are involved in corruption, no matter who you are, no matter where you came from, you are accountable.)