Malacañang Palace to Probe Ex-Pres. Aquino's in P15.7-Billion Frigate Deal

The Malacañang Palace under the leadership of Pres. Rody Duterte stated on Saturday during a press conference that it is high time to determine the Aquino administration's liability over the controversial P15.7-Billion Frigate Acquisition Project of the Philippine Navy.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the office of Pres. Duterte would investigate the questionable warship deal with winning bidder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) after the South Korean firm was reportedly banned by Seoul from participating in state-led bids for two years.

The impending probe of the Duterte admin in the controversial frigate deal during the Aquino administration stemmed from Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano's expose and his call on Congress to look into the frigate acquisition agreement between the Philippine Navy and South Korean-based HHI.

In an interview with the media Spox Harry Roque was quoted as saying "The President is getting exhausted to defend the contract entered into by the past administration," he said. Spox Roque told reporters in Ilocos Norte that "It is about time to investigate Congressman Alejano's allies to find out what they have done, in connection with this frigate deal," Roque stated.

Rep. Alejano, a close ally of the Liberal Party revealed on Thursday, February 1, 2018 that South Korea's Supreme Court decided on December 22, 2017 to impose a two-year ban on HHI's participation in government-led tenders because of bribery in 2013.

The congressman stressed that an appropriate investigation was necessary, following the South Korean bidder's purported "history of engaging in corrupt activities." The top aide of Pres. Duterte, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go, has been accused of vested interest in the selection of HHI for the Philippine Navy's Combat Management systems for the two frigates.

SAP Go has denied Alejano's allegation involving the procurement of the warship's CMS. Spox Roque also insisted that the Duterte government has no accountability over the controversial deal since HHI was picked as winning bidder on June 9, 2016 or during Aquino's watch.

Source: PNA

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