Lacson shrugs off Duterte’s call to stop ongoing probe on overpriced medical supplies, mismanage COVID funds

Lacson shrugs off Duterte’s call to stop ongoing probe on overpriced medical supplies, mismanage COVID funds

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday shrugged off the call made
by President Duterte to stop the ongoing probe on the alleged
overpriced medical supplies by the Procurement Services of the
Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM), including anomalies
surrounding the utilization of COVID funds.

In a short statement, Lacson said that the Senate is composed of 24
republics, which no one can impose on each other what to do or not.

“We ourselves cannot impose on each other. While we always respect
the decision of the majority, we also make sure that we follow our
individual convictions and beliefs, based on conscience,” he said.

Lacson said that he cannot see how anybody, even if he is the
President of our country can influence us especially on an issue
involving public funds — and most especially in the middle of a
pandemic.

“At least that is as far as I see it in my almost 18 years as a
Senator of the Republic,” he said.

Recently, Lacson said that price matters on the overpricing of
personal protective equipment amid a pandemic.

“This applies to all items procured by the government using the money
of Filipino taxpayers, regardless of administration,” he said.

He added that price matters even more at this time, especially if
there is gross overpricing of medical supplies involving billions of
pesos in public funds while millions of Filipinos are losing their
jobs due to the pandemic.

“If we cannot see what is wrong with that – or worse, try to divert
public attention from the issue – then certainly we are a ruined
nation,” Lacson ended.(ai/mtvn)

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