By Hannah L. Torregoza and Genalyn Kabiling
Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday said he will file a resolution asking the Senate to investigate the alleged construction projects cornered by Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go and members of his family.
In an interview outside his Senate office, Trillanes said he would seek a Senate inquiry into the matter as he vowed to, likewise, pursue his panel’s investigation into the Solicitor General Jose Calida’s involvement in the government contracts awarded to his family’s security agency.
Trillanes is chair of the Senate Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation which deals with matters relating to civil service and the status of officers and employees of the government, including their appointment, discipline, retirement, and compensation privileges and benefits, among others.
“Tuloy pa din yan. Definitely itutuloy natin yung hearing kay Mr. Calida at importante yan na malaman ng mga tao kung sino at anong klaseng tao itong sina Calida (That will continue. Definitely, we will pursue the hearings on Mr. Calida and its important that the public know who or what kind of person he is),” Trillanes said.
“Ngayon, di lang yan… I will be filing a resolution calling for an investigation dito sa mga proyekto nakuha ni Bong Go sa gobyerno amounting to billions of pesos (Now, not only that… I will be filing a resolution calling for an investigation on the projects Bong Go allegedly got from the government amounting to billions of pesos),” he said.
“Mga construction projects ito sa kumpanya niya at ng kanyang pamilya (These are the construction projects that he and his family owns),” Trillanes said.
Trillanes, a vocal critic of the Duterte administration, denied that doing so would mean he is after exacting revenge on two of President Duterte’s closest allies after the Chief Executive voided the amnesty granted to him by the Aquino administration.
“(It will appear to be revenge), kung hindi totoo. Eto na ’yung dati kong ginagawa, simula’t sapol. Di ba? Kung may (interesado sa) revenge, sila yun. Kasi di naman ako nag iimbento (if it’s not true. But I’ve been doing this even before, from the very start, right? If anyone’s interested to retaliate, that’s them. Because I don’t invent),” he said.
“So maganda na itong nangyayaring ito at nakikita ng mga kababayan natin…Basta, we will be coming out with a resolution,” added Trillanes.
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) earlier ran a report on the Davao-based construction firms of Go’s father and half-brother which allegedly bagged multi-billion-peso worth of big-ticket projects in the Davao region.
CLTG (which stands for Christopher Lawrence T. Go) Builders and Alfrego Builders and Supply are owned by Go’s father, Deciderio and half-brother Alfredo and are among the top contractors in the province.
SAP Go, for his part, said he is ready to cooperate with a Senate investigation into the government projects allegedly cornered by his family.
Go said he was “more than happy” to face the inquiry proposed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and even offered to resign if proven he was involved in any alleged anomalous government transaction.
“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 in a statement.
Go said he was even willing to go to the Senate on Tuesday so he could finally see where Trillanes was hiding.
“I will be 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,” he added.
He said Trillanes should resign if the allegations against him are proven false.
“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,” he said.