Bilyonaryo yan! Duterte says Bong Go is so rich he won’t dip his hands into P15.5B Navy deal just for the money
President Rodrigo Duterte vigorously defended his long-time personal aide, Bong Go, from allegations that he endorsed a supplier which bagged the P15.5 billion Philippine Navy project.
In an insult-filled tirade against Rappler which released the report and supporting documents, Duterte said Go was already too rich as a “bilyonaryo” and that it was unthinkable that he would bother with dipping his hands into government transactions.
“Alam mo, hindi ako mag-yabang pero bilyonaryo ‘to, sa totoo lang. Punta kayong Davao, tanungin niyo kung sino ‘yan,” said Duterte.
““For your information, mayaman ‘to. They own the biggest printing press in Mindanao, may newspaper rin ito,” he added.
Duterte challenged Rappler to prove its corruption allegations against Go or he would
“I-research mo nga mabuti kung saan nakuha nag-intervene si Bong. You prove it to me one word and I will tell him to resign,” said Duterte.
“Prove it that he — investigate (Defense Secretary Delfin) Lorenzana and company and all of the Navy and military if they got even a call. ‘Pag na-approve mo ‘yan, he resigns. If not, I ask you to leave Rappler, and we will organize a
new publication,” added Duterte,
Rappler reported that Go gave Lorenza a paper endorsing Hyundai Heavy Industries as the main supplier of Combat Management System (CMS) to be installed in the Navy’s newly acquired frigates. The
Former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado was sacked in December for disagreements on the CMS supplier. His temporary successor, Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad, was the Navy official Go allegedly met in Malacanang to discuss the project.