Detained Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. executives Linconn Ong and Mohit Dargani are expected to be transferred to the Pasay City jail on Monday, 29 November over their failure to submit the company’s missing financial records to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
Retired Maj. Gen. Rene Samonte bared this Sunday after confirming that they have received a copy of the commitment order signed by Senate president Vicente Sotto III granting the request of the Senate panel to detain the company officials in the local jail over their refusal to cooperate with the committee’s probe.
“Yes, they will be subjected to medical checkup and out-processing, and some admin process including coordination and documentation with the Pasay City Jail,” Samonte said in a text message to reporters. “I expect they will be transferred around lunchtime tomorrow.”
The Senate committee has launched a series of investigations into the government’s alleged anomalous procurement of overpriced Covid-19 supplies.
At the center of the controversy is Pharmally, a small firm that bagged the biggest contracts despite being months old and having a paid-up capital of only P625,000.
During Friday’s hearing, senators moved to transfer the two officials in the Pasay City jail after insisting that they do not know the whereabouts of the boxes containing the firm’s financial statements.
Their transfer, however, was put on hold after they disclosed three potential locations on its whereabouts on Saturday.
But the said operation was fruitless, Samonte later said, prompting him to recommend their immediate transfer to the local city jail.
“It seems like there were no boxes and boxes of documents or if any, they have no intention of submitting it. I recommend to continue the transfer, ASAP,” he told Senator Richard Gordon, chairperson of the Senate panel, in a message.
Gordon, for his part, lambasted the continuous “lies” of the Pharmally executives and said they will be put under the custody of the congested Pasay City jail.
“It seems like they’re still lying. They robbed public funds and yet they continue to lie. Maybe they thought that we were not serious that we will put them in jail if they will lie and not fulfill their promise,” he said in a video message posted on his Facebook page.
“They may have not submitted it but we will retrieve it. We’ve had enough of them. So they better know they’re going to the Pasay City jail and if they will be treated like royalty we will move them to another prison,” he added.