June 23, 2018, 2:40 am
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Protecting an aide?

THE overflow of Cabinet officials that attended the Senate committee hearing on the alleged meddling of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go on the frigate deal was a clear display of supporting what seems to be a defensible position. Their presence did try to buttress Go’s explanation, as well as his claim that Rappler was engaged in “fake news.” 

Above all, it exhibited the deep concern of President Duterte to his close aide who had declared that he would serve his boss up to the end of his (Go) life. He who is willing to take a bullet for the President deserves no less. We are reminded of a story about a wounded soldier of Napoleon who was given no anesthetic while being operated on. When the doctors were probing for the bullet, he remarked, “Be careful, because a little deeper and you will strike my heart, and the emperor is there.” But, unquestionable loyalty to anyone does not preclude honesty in all respects, which has been an extremely rare commodity on this side of the planet. We always expect the truth to be subservient to personal loyalty, genuine friendships, political expediency and favorable courtroom outcomes. As with his son, Paulo, Duterte would do everything possible to turn into a fire-breathing dragon against the detractors of Go. He himself has blurred the issues that led to the sudden resignation of the Davao City vice-mayor, hidden behind the spins of a failed marriage and a daughter violating palace protocols. The credility of Go cannot be truly ascertained in the light of his fierce devotion to the President and his image or anyone else who took to the bandwagon to defend Go before the senators. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has been stymied that he now denies what he earlier claimed that the controversial document came from Go himself. Go reiterated in the hearing that he had simply passed to the Department of National Defense a “complaint” from the office of the President. The Senate Committee on National Defense and Security should continue its inquiry on the frigate deal which was likely consumated by conniving defense and navy officials by favoring an inferior supplier of the combat management system (CMS) for navy warships. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto wanted the DND to reconsider the Tacticos CMS of Thales as the provider, pointing out that research by his office showed most countries had contracted Thales as CMS provider. Lorenzana could only say that the South Korean Hanwha had passed the technical requirements for the bidding and that opting for Tacticos would cost an additional $7 million per frigate, which was a negligible amount with his department’s P35 billion yearly budget. Recto also disclosed that Hanwha”s CMW was used only by two countries in the world.

Why President Duterte has become insidious with Rappler and the Philippine Daily Inquirer puts to task his failure to grasp the broader perspectives of national governance. Is there no way for offices at his disposal to confront the so-called “fake news” of Rappler and the PDI?

And doesn’t it make more sense to him to try to preserve the standing of the presidency by taking the subdued legal recourse against offensive media entities?
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