HAPPENING NOW: Senate probes frigate deal, AFP modernization program

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WHAT WE KNOW:
– Senators will investigate the issue to determine if there was intervention in the selection of a supplier for the combat management systems of two war ships purchased by the Navy
– The frigate deal is one of the Armed Forces’ big-ticket modernization projects
– The ships purchased were meant to beef up the country’s territorial defense and disaster response capabilities
– The Senate probe aims to find out if the deal is being implemented in accordance with the contract initiated by the Aquino administration in 2015 and signed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s term

Highlights:
– Former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin: I did not issue any approval for Navy frigate deal during transition stage
– Gazmin: We did our best in implementing procurement of the equipment
– Ex-Navy Chief Ronald Mercado: Bong Go never approached me over frigate deal

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