MANILA (UPDATED) - President Rodrigo Duterte's aide, Christopher "Bong" Go, said he was willing to face a probe "as soon as possible," following the publication of an investigative report that his relatives bagged construction deals with the government.
"I will be more than happy to face the inquiry as this will give me another chance to prove my non-involvement, and another Senate appearance will also give me free media mileage," Go, a possible senatorial candidate in the 2019 mid-term polls, said.
Go earlier said he never brokered or appealed for any of the multi-million contracts that his father and half-brother's Davao-based construction firms have won from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has reported that firms of Go's relatives were "among top contractors for Davao infra projects."
Go said, if his supposed involvement in the projects will be proven and substantiated by facts and documents, he would "immediately tender" his resignation.
Go issued the statement as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday said he will seek a legislative inquiry into the government contracts allegedly bagged by the construction firm of Go's relatives.
"Kahit bukas agad pwede akong sumalang sa Senado, para naman mabisita ko siya kung saan sya nagtatago," Go said, referring to Trillanes who has been holed up in Senate, following threats of arrest after President Duterte cancelled his amnesty.
"But if the allegations are fake and concocted, then my accuser, Senator Trillanes, should resign," Go said.
Trillanes earlier told reporters he will file a resolution seeking an investigation into the multi-billion peso contracts.
"Maliwanag na corruption iyan," he alleged.
(That's clearly corruption.)
Go also dared Trillanes to go home and leave his office at the Senate.
"Hindi ko nga alam bakit siya nagtatago diyan eh. Duwag yata 'yan. Ayaw lumabas diyan sa Senado. After occupying Oakwood, Manila Pen, ngayong Senado naman," he said.
(I don't know why he's hiding there. Maybe he's a coward, he doesn't want to leave the Senate. After occupying Oakwood, Manila Peninsula, now he's occupying the Senate.)
"Lumabas ka na diyan, Trillanes. Duwag ka siguro," Go added.
(Get out of there, Trillanes. You must be a coward.)
REVENGE FOR AMNESTY ROW?
Trillanes denied that he wants to investigate the companies of Go's relatives as a retaliation to Duterte's withdrawal of his amnesty.
"Ginagawa ko itong lahat kasi ito na ang dati kong ginagawa simula't sapul. Kung mayroong revenge, sila iyun kasi 'di naman ako nag-iimbento," he said.
(This is what I've been doing ever since. If there is any revenge here, they're the ones doing that because I am not fabricating anything.)
Duterte has revoked the amnesty absolving Trillanes for his role in failed mutinies against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo due to his alleged failure to apply for it properly and express guilt.
Trillanes denied this, saying the President's move was meant to silence him as well as stop a Senate probe into the government contracts of the security firm of Solicitor General Jose Calida's family.