DAVAO CITY – Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV should be able to prove he had a hand in the awarding of infrastructure projects to his family or the senator should resign.
“In the course of the investigation, if my involvement will be proven and substantiated by facts and documents, I will immediately tender my resignation. But if the allegations are fake and concocted then my accuser, Senator Trillanes, should resign,” Go said in a statement.
Earlier, Trillanes said he would propose a probe on the supposed involvement of Go in the multi-billion pesos projects award to CLTG Builders and Alfrego Builders and Supply. CLTG is owned by Go’s father, Deciderio, while Alfrego is owned by his brother, Alfredo.
“I welcome any, and all, investigation or Senate inquiry that Trillanes will call in relation to my family’s alleged involvement in ‘billions of pesos’ worth of projects. I am even asking Trillanes to start as soon as possible,” he said.
The two firms were subjects of a report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), which suggested that they cornered the projects because of Go’s influence.
Go, however, said in an earlier statement that he had no hand in the awarding of the projects. He even pointed to the fact that the two firms had no projects at the Davao city hall when he became aide of then mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
He said his father and half-brother were simply “exercising their rights” when they participated in the bidding of projects with DPWH, either as sole contractor or as partner, which did not disqualify them from bidding.
“Kahit bukas agad pwede akong sumalang sa senado, para naman mabisita ko sya kung saan sya nagtatago (I can testify as early as tomorrow, so that I can also visit him in his hiding place,” Go said.
He said he is “more than happy to face the inquiry as this will give me another chance to prove my non-involvement and another Senate appearance will also give me free media mileage.” (Allan Nawal/PNA)