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Pharmally’s incomplete papers a ‘shortcut to corruption’ - Senator Hontiveros

By Jose Oscar Magpusao

Senator Risa Hontiveros flagged Pharmally’s incomplete documentation of transactions, after the oral testimony of its incorporator during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s investigation on Monday in a press release.


During the Committee’s investigation, Pharmally incorporator Krizle Mago admitted to the Committee that the company was issued a delivery receipt despite not receiving a delivery order.


“Bakit may shortcut ang Pharmally? Mukhang shortcut to corruption itong transaksyon ng Pharmally at PS-DBM. Walang order, pero may resibo? Under the table ba ang usapan? Pharmally’s incorporators seem to be naive entrepreneurs, intent on profiteering and making a quick buck, and PS-DBM was a willing enabler,” Hontiveros said in the press release.


Hontiveros asked Mago about the four documents necessary to complete the procurement process during the hearing on Monday - a delivery order, a delivery receipt, an inspection and an acceptance report of the delivery, as well as a statement of account of the delivery. Mago revealed they lacked the delivery order during the hearing.


“Sa apat na dokumentong pinaka-kailangan, delivery order pa talaga ang wala. Iyan ang pinaka-unang papel na magpapatunay na maayos ang dinaanang proseso para sa pagbili ng health supplies. First step palang, mali na agad. Inamin din ng kawani ng PS-DBM na pinilit sila ng management na pekehin ang inspection reports na kailangan sa release ng mga tseke. It only speaks of PS-DBM’s gross negligence or complicity,” Hontiveros said in the press release.


Hontiveros noted in the press release that while Pharmally’s transaction was expedited, healthcare workers continued to struggle to get their Special Risk Allowance. She suspected in the press release that these “lapses in checks and balances may have also contributed to many of our HCWs contracting COVID-19 because of substandard PPEs.”


The senator also noted in the press release that Pharmally’s acquisition of the deal seemed to have only been possible through referrals of former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang, who remained unavailable or questioning as he continued to evade the Senate’s hearings.


“Pinahirapan ng PS-DBM ang local suppliers samantalang laway lang ang puhunan ng mga Chinese suppliers at ni Michael Yang. He should appear in our next hearing. His testimony is crucial to our hope to piece together the big puzzle that is the relationship between Pharmally and PS-DBM. Similarly, his colleague, Rose Nono Lin, should be present. Na-subpoena na siya. She has no excuse to skip an important national investigation,” Hontiveros said in the press release.


“After every hearing, I do sense that we are getting closer to the truth. Wala nang mapagtataguan ang mga kamalian ng Pharmally. At hindi hihinto ang Senado hangga’t masiguradong lumabas ang totoo,” she added.


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