The Philippines Senate started a public inquiry on 19 February into the government’s acquisition of the combat management system (CMS) to be integrated onto two frigates on order from South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
The hearing follows a series of claims made by the political opposition that Christopher ‘Bong Go’, a close assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte, interfered with the process to procure the CMS from South Korean firm Hanwha Systems.
Go has rejected the allegations that he went beyond his remit and was involved in procurement decision making. Go has not been accused of corruption.
HHI received a USD300 million contract to start building the two frigates for the Philippine Navy in September 2016.
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