Gone in 24 hours: Duterte to fire Bong Go if Rappler proves he meddled in P15.5B Navy project
President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to fire his long-time aide, Christopher “Bong” Go, if online multimedia website Rappler can show proof he intervened in the Philippine Navy’s project to purchase two new warships worth P15.5 billion.
Facing the media after a speech in Pasay City Tuesday (January 16), Duterte gave Rappler 24 hours to show proof that Go meddled in the project.
“Find a way na magsabi ka ng totoo nag-intervene kami. I’ll give it to you,” Duterte told Rappler reporter Pia Ranada.
“And if you can find, I will ask Bong to resign tomorrow. Work on it tonight. Let me know tomorrow and I will fire him if he did intervene, even for one word,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Rappler posted an article titled: “Bong Go intervenes in P15.5-B project to acquire PH warships.”
Based on the document it obtained, Rappler reported that Go gave Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana a white paper endorsing a certain company for the Combat Management System (CMS) to be installed in the warships.
Go, who holds the position of Special Assistant to the President, also reportedly summoned a Navy officer involved in the project to Malacañang to discuss the selection of CMS.
Duterte was in disbelief about the allegation against Go, saying he is not a “military man”‘ to be involved in the project.
“You think, you think you can convince Lorenzana and the guys there, you can bribe them? Or you would think na sila papayag na kami ang mag-bribe then the way I talk, the way I’ve been firing people?” he said.