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'These acts made the contract grossly disadvantageous to our government and left the Philippine Navy with an expensive platform with limited capabilities,' says former senator Antonio Trillanes IV of President Duterte's admission of he and then aide Bong Go's invovlement in the deal
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In an admission that somewhat completes the frigates puzzle, President Duterte says it was he who gave the South Korean supplier's complaint to Bong Go
The Philippine Navy says the ceremonial steel cutting will likely happen in South Korea on April 30
'I think the two frigates from Hyundai will be the last in the near future,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the letter also confirms how Hyundai Heavy Industries employed the 'bait and switch' stratey to win the bid. It offered known and top caliber systems – including Tacticos – but later switched to cheaper systems.
Philippine Navy chief Robert Empedrad tells the Commission on Appointments that the selection of Hanwha is a 'done deal'
The defense chief pins the blame on the Navy officer he sacked, insisting that Mercado did not follow the law, usurped powers, and failed to follow commands
(UPDATED) Senators fail to probe deeper into why the defense department and the Navy did not come to a compromise
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The actor attends the Special Assistant to the President's Senate hearing
(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'
It would cost an additional $14 million to install the Combat Management System of Tacticos Thales in the two warships the Philippines is acquiring
Several senators vouch for the innocence of President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide
The President's top aide and one of his fiercest critics pose for a photo after the hearing on the controversial frigates deal
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says it was the Aquino administration that selected Hyundai Heavy Industries to build two warships for the Philippine Navy
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
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
Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado maintains that Thales is the technology preferred by many navies around the world
'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.
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.
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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
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(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