MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque affirms that the government wants to look into the Philippine Navy’s frigate acquisition during the term former President Benigno Aquino III.
This stems from the disclosure of Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano that Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has been blacklisted in South Korea after it was implicated in a bribery scandal in 2013.
HHI was chosen bidder for the said frigate acquisition project.
“Sila po ang nagpa-bid. Sila ang namili kung sino ang mananalo diyan sa bid. Kung totoo na blacklisted ang binigyan nila ng kontrata, dapat managot ang mga opisyales ng nakalipas na administrasyon at sabihin sa atin bakit naging ganoon ang kanilang desisyon,” said the presidential spokesperson.
(They administered the bidding. They decided on who would win the bid. If it’s true that the winner is on a blacklist, officials of the previous administration should be held accountable. They should explain their decision.)
Roque asserted that the present administration is not liable for granting the notice of award to HHI for the said project.
“So, malinaw po na hindi pwedeng magkaroon ng pananagutan ang administrasyon na ito dahil ang conduct ng bidding, ang pagpiling nanalo, lahat po iyan ginawa noong nakalipas na administrasyon na ngayon sa suhestiyon ni Congressman Alejano, bubusisiin na natin,” said Roque.
((So, it’s clear that this administration should not be held accountable because the conduct of the bidding and selection of winner, were all done in the previous administration, which Congressman Alejano suggested we investigate.)
The frigate procurement deal has gone controversial after the name of Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go, was implicated by an allegation that he intervened in the selection of the subcontractors for the combat management system of the said sea vessel.
But based on Malacañang’s investigation on the matter, it found that the allegation was baseless and untrue. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue