Palace Officials in Full Force at Senate for Bong Go

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go (CTTO)

Fresh News: Amid yesterday's Senate hearing on the issues encompassing the acquisition of the weapons framework for Navy warships, Cabinet members and Malacañang officials were there in full force to support Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque granted that all partners of Go in Malacañang were present at the probe, which originated from the claim that Mr. Christopher "Bong" Go, intruded with the alleged irregularities involving the P15.7-billion procurement of two frigates for the Philippine Navy.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque (CTTO)

In a press briefing, Spox Harry Roque also said that there was really nobody left in Malacañang and they went to the senate in light of current circumstances and it's just normal that in the event that one faces an issue, they would demonstrate their help and support to each and everyone since they are colleagues and partners in the palace.

All I can say is wala po talagang natira sa (no one was left in) Malacañang. They are in the Senate and for good reason. We, the Malacañang-based secretaries, are the only ones seeing each other here. So it’s natural that if one faces an issue, we would show our support,” Roque said.

Bong Go during the hearing (CTTO)

Beside Spokesman Harry Roque, other Palace secretaries who were available amid the gathering were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Solicitor General Jose Calida, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office board part Sandra Cam, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Energy Regulatory Commission seat Agnes Devanadera and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. seat Andrea Domingo, are amongst the officials from different agencies that were likewise spotted amid the hearing.

Salvador Panelo, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel was apart the only Malacañang-based secretary who was not present during the hearing.

President Rodrigo Duterte supporters and Pro-Duterte groups also held a rally outside the Senate to express support for Bong Go, who has been filling in as President Duterte's assistant for quite a long time now.

Bong Go and his supporters outside senate (CTTO)

Also prior to the hearing, Roque and Andanar allowed meetings and interviews to a few radio stations to protect Go from claims that he has an distinctive interest for the frigates venture.

Spox Roque then said that the President did not order the palace officials to go the hearing but rather, they went to the senate willfully. The spokesman also said that he felt giving those press briefings is extremely his primary duty and that was the reason why he returned to the briefing to demonstrate his unity with Go.

There were none (orders). We went there voluntarily. I feel that to give this press briefing is really my main job, that’s why I came back to do the briefing. But I’m going back to show my solidarity with Go,” Spox Roque said.

Meanwhile, in the middle of the hearing, Senator Francis Escudero asked Bong Go jokingly who was left in Malacañang with the President, to which the presidential assistant answered that there was no one left in the palace with the President.

"Siya lang po. Siya lang mag-isa." Go replied.


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