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5 nagging questions after the Senate frigates probe

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:19 PM

If the innocence of Bong Go depended on a vote among the warm bodies inside the Senate compound, he would have won hands down. But the probe failed to pursue questions that would have given more light on the frigates issue.

LOOK: Robin Padilla supports Bong Go at frigates hearing

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The actor attends the Special Assistant to the President's Senate hearing

Rappler's Pia Ranada barred from entering Malacañang Palace

Feb 20, 2018 - 11:24 AM

(4th UPDATE) The incident happens a day after the Senate hearing on the Navy frigates deal where Special Assistant to the President Bong Go accused Rappler of churning out 'fake news'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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Lorenzana, Mercado support call to pay extra for preferred frigate system

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:05 PM

It would cost an additional $14 million to install the Combat Management System of Tacticos Thales in the two warships the Philippines is acquiring

Senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Go on frigate deal, 2 MRT3 glitches on Monday, BIR on Sereno | Evening wRap

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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Senators amp up praise for Bong Go during frigates hearing

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Several senators vouch for the innocence of President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide

The Senate committee on National Defense and Security hearing on the controversial frigate deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

WATCH: Bong Go takes selfie with Trillanes after Senate frigates probe

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The President's top aide and one of his fiercest critics pose for a photo after the hearing on the controversial frigates deal

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Korean firm still PH warship supplier despite bad record – Lorenzana

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they did not know about the bribery allegations against Hyundai Heavy Industries when they signed a contract with the South Korean firm in October 2016

DND secretary Delfin Lorenzana attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on navy frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Some Bong Go supporters clueless about frigates controversy

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:45 PM

While Special Assistant to the President Bong Go attracts a large crowd of supporters at the Senate, some of them don't understand why Go was called to the hearing

Photo by Angie de Silva

Navy chief still wants proven technology over Korean system for warships

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:20 PM

'I'm still preferring Tacticos. However, the contract says it is the supplier (HHI) that will have sole decision on what system to put in our frigate,' says Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad

Navy officers attend the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go says his office 'endorsed' frigate supplier's complaint to DND

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Reports that claim his involvement in the warships deal are only meant to bring down the Duterte administration, says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ousted Navy chief denies favoring supplier in frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:47 AM

'HHI offered Thales Tacticos to the Philippine Navy during bidding process,' says Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado

EX-CHIEF. Former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado. Rappler file photo

Bong Go faces Senate on frigate deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:18 AM

With a large gathering of supporters outside the Senate, President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide arrives for the hearing on the P16-billion Navy warships deal

ARRIVING AT THE SENATE. Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go (center) speaks to supporters outside the Senate, February 19, 2018. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The big-ticket modernization project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is embroiled in controversy following the ouster of former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado in December 2017

REPORT TO DUTERTE. The Navy official in charge of the frigates project submits a written report to President Rodrigo Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Screenshot of a sourced document

TIMELINE: PH Navy's P15.7-B frigates acquisition project

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:45 AM

The problem begins during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, after the P15.7-billion deal was signed in October 2016

SIGNING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed the contract with South Korean firm Heavy Hyundai Industries in October 2016. Photo from the HHI web site

U.S. seeks to continue 'working closely' with Philippine military

Feb 18, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'The Philippines is one of our 5 allies in the region. We've had a close relationship for a very long time and we want to continue that relationship,' says a spokesman of the US Navy's Carl Vinson Strike Group

US AIRCRAFT CARRIER. USS Carl Vinson arrives in Manila for a routine port call

U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer

US PRESENCE. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy arrives in Manila for a routine port call. Rappler photo

Bulacueña serves on US Navy’s largest amphibious warship

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Petty Officer 2nd Class Precious Varilla hails from Baliuag, Bulacan

IN THE NAVY. Petty Officer 2nd Class Precious Varilla is serving aboard the USS Boxer, which is based in San Diego, California. Photo from the US Navy Office of Community Outreach

Navy chief wants executive session if weapons system discussed in frigates probe

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The Senate is set to start its probe into the P15.5-billion warships deal, amid allegations that top Duterte aide Secretary Bong Go intervened in the project

NAVY CHIEF. Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad says the Navy's weapons systems are matters of national security. Photo from the Philippine Navy Facebook page

Poe on fake news bill, Mercado on frigates probe, Basyang slows down | Midday wRap

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:08 PM

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Ousted PH Navy chief welcomes transparent frigates probe

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'The hearing will shed answers and more information on the Frigates Acquisition Project,' says former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado

FLOATING. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado is put on a floating status after he was removed from his post. He retires in March 2018. Rappler photo

Duterte rejects executive session for Bong Go in frigate hearing

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants his aide to participate in an 'open and transparent' public hearing about the P15.5-billion warships project

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in an interview on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018, insists that the closure of the online news site Rappler was not an attack on press freedom but rather a matter of upholding the Constitution. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 7, 2018

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:41 AM

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A damaged vehicle stands in rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL YANG / Taiwan OUT

Bribery scandal hounds Korean firm tapped for PH Navy warships

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. is registered as an illegal businessman and will be restricted from bidding for national projects for two years,' says a news report in South Korea

Malacañang welcomes probe into Navy frigate supplier

Feb 03, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says it was the Aquino administration that selected Hyundai Heavy Industries to build two warships for the Philippine Navy

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate hearing tackles blogs vs Bong Go on warships deal

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Centerlaw lawyer Gilbert Andres cautions against tagging 'political opinion' as 'fake news'

FAKE NEWS? Secretary Martin Andanar in a Senate hearing on January 30, 2018 singled out social media posts by blogger Jover Laurio on the controversial frigates deal of the Philippine Navy. Screenshot of Senate livestream of the hearing

Frigate deal controversy a 'destab plot?' Palace is 'desperate' – Alejano

Jan 23, 2018 - 9:37 PM

The opposition lawmaker says the Palace is ‘struggling’ to explain the allegations and clear long-time presidential aide Bong Go’s alleged involvement in the deal

WHAT DESTAB? The Magdalo representative dismisses the Palace's allegation. Rappler file photo

Malacanang on Charter Change, Mayon Volcano eruption, Roque on Navy frigate deal | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Malacañang: Frigate deal controversy part of 'destabilization' plot

Jan 23, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Articles about Palace involvement in the frigate project and accusations that the administration is suppressing press freedom are efforts 'to discredit this administration,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces during a press conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on January 4, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has decided to terminate the services of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Marcial Quirico Amaro III upon verifying complaints that the administrator has made excessive trips overseas. Amaro's termination from the service is part of the President's commitment to eliminate graft and corruption in government. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Combat Management System not the only issue in frigates deal – ousted Navy chief

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado maintains that Thales is the technology preferred by many navies around the world

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

Q&A: Ousted PH Navy chief Ronald Mercado on the warships deal

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'Everyone in the Navy wants that frigate because it's a combat ship. Anong mangyayari sa Navy natin kung walang punch, 'di ba? You cannot have only a transport ship. We should have a punch,' says Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado.

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

Senate to invite Bong Go to probe into PH warships deal

Jan 21, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'Siya ang central figure. Iimbitahin siya, inevitable 'yan,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, vice chair of the Senate committee on national defense and security

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte views the presentation being showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Bong Go. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

If invited, Bong Go says he'll attend Senate probe on frigate deal

Jan 19, 2018 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate has not made clear its plans to invite President Rodrigo Duterte's most trusted aide

Ousted PH Navy chief wanted 'proven technology' for warships

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

On January 4, 2017, then Philippine Navy chief vice admiral Ronald Mercado wrote Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to reject plans to install the Combat Management System of Hanwha Systems in Philippine warships. A week later, Lorenzana is handed a Hanwha white paper in Malacañang.

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

Senate to probe P15.5-B PH warships project

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:51 AM

(UPDATED) It remains unclear to date if Special Assistant to the President Bong Go would be invited to the Senate hearing

PROBE. The Senate is set to investigate the controversy hounding the P15.5-billion warships project of the Philippine Navy, amid accusations Special Assistant to the President Bong Go intervened in the deal.

Navy frigate project controversy, Aguirre on Rappler probe, SWS survey | Evening wRap

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:52 PM

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[EXCLUSIVE] Undersecretary in Bong Go's office confirms letter on frigate deal

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Former Palace official Lloyd Christopher Lao says the letter and meeting with Navy officials are a 'usual course of action' in Secretary Bong Go's office

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go upon his arrival at the NCCC Mall Davao in Davao City to check the situation of the fire that hit the mall on December 23, 2017. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Empedrad is new Philippine Navy chief

Jan 18, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad was the Navy officer in charge of the controversial P15.5-billion frigate deal

Malacañang claims Rappler reported Bong Go story out of spite

Jan 18, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also falsely claims that only Rappler ran the story on Secretary Bong Go’s alleged involvement in the P15.5-billion Navy project

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in an interview on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018, insists that the closure of the online news site Rappler was not an attack on press freedom but rather a matter of upholding the Constitution. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NBI to probe Rappler, Malacanang defends Go, Senate rejects joint voting on Cha-Cha | Evening wRap

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:31 PM

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Lorenzana: White paper came from Malacañang, not Bong Go

Jan 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirms he wrote the marginal note pointing to Secretary Bong Go as the source of a document endorsing a foreign supplier for the project, but clarifies he only 'assumed' it came from the Palace official

PHOTO BY SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang claims no chance Bong Go intervened in frigate deal

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:10 PM

But the allegations focus not on the contract for the frigates as a whole, but on the selection of a secondary supplier for the Combat Management Systems of the ships

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through a document during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program at the Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Bong Go intervenes in P15.5-B project to acquire PH warships

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go issues a blanket denial, saying someone might be using his name. But documents show otherwise.

POST-IT NOTE. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana asks former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado to respond to issues raised by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go. Screenshot of a sourced document

Cancel P15.5-B project to acquire warships for PH Navy – Alejano

Jan 15, 2018 - 5:59 PM

'By all means, we should cancel the frigate project contract before it is too late,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

REMOVED. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

Lorenzana accuses relieved Navy chief of insubordination

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the bids and awards committee recommended the relief of Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado because of disagreements over the P15.5-B project to acquire modern warships

LOSING TRUST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana accuses former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado of insubordination