Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Friday, July 5, filed a plunder case against former President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go before the Department of Justice, accusing the two of awarding more than a hundred government contracts to the companies owned by Go’s father and brother worth P6.6 billion.

Duterte and Go used their position and influence to corner billions worth of government projects in favor of the latter’s father and brother, Trillanes said in an ambush interview.

“The evidence presented in the complaint is compelling and warrants a plunder charge,” the ex-lawmaker also said.

From 2007 to 2018, Trillanes claimed that CLTG Builders, which is owned by Go’s father, Deciderio, was awarded 125 government contracts worth P4.9 billion. On one hand, Alfrego Builders, owned by Go’s brother, Alfredo, bagged 59 government projects worth P1.74 billion

Both companies lacked the required contrator’s license to undertake such large-scale projects, and many contracts exceeded their allowable project costs.

Duterte and Go were charged with violations of multiple laws, including Republic Act No. (RA) 7080 or the Anti-Plunder Act, RA 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), and RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees). 

“Now is the perfect time to make them accountable. This is just the beginning, there are more cases to file against them,” said Trillanes.IMT

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