By Genalyn Kabiling
Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go has denied reports that he was meddling in the Philippine Navy’s selection of a weapon system supplier for its frigate program.
“I have not intervened in the procurement of DND (Department of National Defense) of its computer system for its ships. I have not participated nor intervened, directly or indirectly, in the transactions of DND,” Go said.
Go’s name has recently been dragged in the reported government selection of a combat management system (CMS) of the Navy’s frigate program.
The Navy reportedly sent a letter to President Duterte about its preference for a Tacticos CMS of Thales Nederlands Inc. over Hanwha Thales for the CMS of the Navy frigates.
Go supposedly wrote back to Lorenzana questioning Navy’s choice and endorsing instead another company, Naval Shield Integrated Combat Management System of HTC of South Korea.
Go said he has no information or knowledge about such transaction, adding any clarification on the issue should be addressed to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.