Duterte tells Bong to demand public hearing on Senate frigate inquiry

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President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to demand a public hearing when he appears in Senate. Go is expected to attend a Senate inquiry regarding the controversial Frigate Acquisition Project awarded to Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Duterte said that Go was informed that the hearing will be on an executive session.

“Sabi ko: ‘Yan ang huwag mong gawin, Bong. Demand an open and transparent public hearing. And demand how this came about, the original. Para makita and that it may be to their sorrow, lalabas talaga ‘yan diyan,” Duterte said during the Manila Times’ 7th Business Forum at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City on February 9.

“At huwag kang pumayag ng secret-secret meeting diyan. Harap-harapan,” he added.

The President emphasized that his office does not intervene to military transactions.

“Kung ikaw Cabinet member, the Department of Highways, iyo ‘yan. Hindi ako makialam. Huwag mong ipadala sa akin for approval,” he said. “Pagka kay Sonny Dominguez ‘yan, iyo ‘yan. Ang problema iyo pati ang solusyon. Wala akong pakialam. There will never be a time that my even a little of effort na magtingin ako ng dokumento. Wala ako. I do not call. Pareho man kayo military.”

“I do not call – I did not even call Jagger (Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero). The only time that I called si Jag was ‘yung ceasefire tapos nag-violate ang NPA,” he added.