Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go would never do anything illegal as he is loyal to but also fearful of his boss, President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said on Monday.
At a press briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque described Go as a “man of integrity” with “no desire to amass material wealth,” citing the latter’s privileged background.
“I know SAP Go as a person of integrity. His main wish is to serve the President and this country. I think financially he is very comfortable coming from a very wealthy background himself,” Roque said.
“He has no desire to amass material wealth and in a few months that I have worked with him very closely what I do know he is absolutely loyal to this President and he is also fearful of this President so he will not try anything [illegal],” he added.
Go faced the Senate investigation on Monday on reports that he meddled in the selection of the combat management system (CMS) for the P15.5-billion frigate acquisition project of the Philippine Navy, which was bidded out during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.
During the hearing, Duterte’s right-hand man since 1998 said he did not intervene in the acquisition of the two frigates from a South Korean company nor interfered in the selection of its CMS.
He also accused Rappler and the Philippine Daily Inquirer of “irresponsible reporting” on the issue.
Roque, meanwhile, challenged Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to substantiate his claim that Duterte may have a hand in the controversial project.
In a Super Radyo dzBB interview on Sunday, Trillanes said Duterte may have ordered Go to intervene in the selection of one of the project’s subcontractors, Hanhwa Systems, to provide for the warships’ CMS.
“Napakadali po magbato ng mga ganung mga paratang. Napakahirap magpruweba,” Roque said.
Roque added government office should not be used to spread false information.