Go, Roque to attend hearing on controversial frigate deal

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) — A Senate hearing on the alleged anomalies surrounding the purchase of warships will happen on Monday.

Slated to attend are Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Bong Go, Special Assistant to the President.

This was confirmed by Roque during Thursday's briefing with members of the Malacañang Press Corps.

When asked if President Rodrigo Duterte would be interested on how that hearing would take place, Roque said Duterte "would be very curious as to what will happen."

Opposition senators Kiko Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Antonio Trillanes, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, and Leila de Lima filed a resolution calling for two committees to conduct an inquiry on the acquisition of two missile-capable frigates as part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)'s modernization program.

The probe seeks "to determine whether or not such acquisition promotes the goals of the modernization program and complies with pertinent laws," according to the resolution dated January 16.

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Go said he would be willing to attend the hearing.

RELATED: Officials deny Bong Go's involvement in frigate acquisition project

Go was alleged to have been involved in the acquisition of P15.74 billion worth of frigates for the Philippine Navy – but this was denied by Go, saying he was "unfairly dragged" into the issue.

His denial was backed by former Navy Flag-Officer-In-Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

An investigation by Malacañang also cleared Duterte's right-hand man of any misdeeds concerning the frigate deal.

"An investigation has been conducted, and it has been found that the allegations of Rappler are untrue and unfounded," said Roque.

RELATED: Roque: Palace done 'investigating' SAP Bong Go, no evidence seen in 24 hours

CNN Philippines senior correspondent David Santos, and digital producers Pia Garcia and Eimor Santos contributed to this report.