By Jose Oscar Magpusao
Pharmally staff and witness alleged that face shields provided by Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. for doctors, healthcare workers and frontliners were ‘soiled and substandard’ via video in a press release from Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday.
Hontiveros in her press release included a video of the Pharmally warehouse staff anonymously recounting the conditions and quality of services and products provided by Pharmally to the Philippines, particularly to the country’s healthcare workers.
“Kahit po yupi-yupi yung mga face shield, yupi-yupi na yung mga boxes, kahit po may mga dumi, pinaparepack pa rin po sa amin nina ma’am … kahit naninilaw, kahit basa-basa na po, yung iba po dun, nababasa gawa po ng tulo sa warehouse,” the employee said.
The employee claimed in the video that Pharmally had also instructed them to replace the certificates of the face shields from their original date of 2020 to new and misleading certificates dated 2021. This practice, according to the witness, has continued to run from his hire in August to September of this year.
“Yung mga nakalagay dun sa certificate nya, is production date po nya, is year 2020 pa. Then, ang pinapagawa sa amin is palitan po sya ng certificate na updated this year. Ang nag-utos sa amin na palitan yun ay si Ma’am Krizle Grace Mago,” the employee said.
Hontiveros speculated in her press release that the witness’ statements indicated that Mago, an executive for Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation, was among those at the forefront of the company’s questionable activities.
“Hindi na nga nabibigyan sa tamang oras ang mga hazard pay ng health care workers, inilalagay pa pala sila sa panganib dahil sa substandard na health supplies. It is criminal that we’re being supplied poor quality products that may have cost many of our frontliners’ lives,” Hontiveros said in her press release.
Mago was the same executive who testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee that Pharmally was able to deliver two million face masks in advance without the knowledge of the Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management
She also recently testified before the Committee that the company had indeed been tampering with the expiry dates of the face shields provided to frontliners and admitted that the company had swindled the government after being asked and prompted by Committee Chairman Senator Richard Gordon.
The whereabouts of Mago is currently unknown after her testimony and subsequent agreement to cooperate with the investigation as the Committee’s continued attempts to contact her fail.
Video of the witness' account can be viewed below: