Malacañang welcomes probe on frigate acquisition project

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“Congressman Alejano, salamat po. Dahil sa inyong sinabi, iimbestigahan na po natin iyong inyong mga kakampi noong nakalipas na administrasyon,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said during a press conference in Laog, Ilocos Norte on February 3.

Roque’s statement was made after Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano noted that Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the winning bidder in frigate acquisition project for Philippine Navy, was banned to participate in South Korea state-led bidding for 2 years.

“Alam ninyo po, napapagod na ang Presidente depensahan ang mga kontrata na ipinasok ng nakalipas na administrasyon. So dahil po dito na naman sa sinasabi ni Congressman Alejano, ay siguro po dapat napapanahon na, na imbestigahan iyong mga kakampi ni Congressman Alejano kung ano talaga ginawa nila dito sa frigate deal na ito,” Roque said.

“Sila ang namili kung sinong mananalo diyan sa bid. Kung totoo na blacklisted iyong binigyan nila ng kontrata, dapat managot iyong mga opisyales ng nakalipas na administrasyon at sabihin sa atin bakit naging ganoon ang kanilang desisyon,” he said.

Roque said the frigate acquisition project was a done deal when the Duterte administration started.

“Ang in-issue lang po ng gobyerno ni Presidente Duterte, iyong Notice of Award. At sang-ayon naman sa 9184, ministerial naman po ‘yan, kung walang protesta at kung hindi naman po glaring iyong pagiging iligal ng kontrata,” Roque noted.

Sources: https://pcoo.gov.ph/press_briefing/press-briefing-presidential-spokesperson-harry-roque-7/; https://www.facebook.com/Rep.AlejanoMagdalo/posts/1433880546737913