Hontiveros blasts Palace remarks vs Senate probe on COVID funds corruptions

Hontiveros blasts Palace remarks vs Senate probe on COVID funds corruptions

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA – Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday blasted the Palace for
making remarks against the ongoing investigation by the Senate Blue
Ribbon Committee on the multi-billion overpriced medical supplies from
COVID funds.

In a statement, Hontiveros said that this “whiff of corruption” cannot
be hidden under the rug since the Senate is now getting nearer on
the whole truth about the administration’s connections to fugitives
such as Michael Yang.

“Ito ang “whiff of corruption” na di kayang takpan: na dumaan ang pera
ng bayan sa kamay ng mga estafador at pugante,” Hontiveros said.

She said that instead of making the most of our resources at a
crucial time during the pandemic, the president himself seems to be
fraternizing with fugitives who by all indications, were favored to
corner billions in pesos of government contracts at the expense of
local manufacturers offering more advantageous terms.

“Nasaan ang “tapang at malasakit”?,” she asked.

“Bakit ngayong malapit na naming makita ang mga koneksyon at ang mga
totoong nangyari ay saka tila hindi sila mapakali dyan sa Palasyo?”
she added.

Hontiveros cited the admission made by Pharmally Pharmaceutical
Corporation’s officials that they have no financial capacity to
undertake multi-billion bidding in government.

“Pharmally’s executives have admitted that the company did not have
the financial capacity to undertake the bidding, and yet refuse to
state their earnings because they’re a “trade secret,” Hontiveros
said.

The lady senator said that if there is nothing to hide by Pharmally,
why is the Palace resorting to threats and intimidation on the legitimate
duties on oversite functions of the Upper Chamber

“Kung walang itinatago ang Pharmally, bakit kailangan nanaman ng
pambabanta mula sa Palasyo? Ito na ba ang bunga ng mga expert advice
ni Michael Yang noon tungkol sa pagpapatakbo ng ekonomiya,? she said.

“Opisyal na bang trabaho ng Malacanang na ipagtanggol si Michael Yang
at ang Pharmally?,” she asked.

Hontiveros said that the Senate will recommend the filing of
appropriate charges after we’re done with our investigation at the
Blue Ribbon Committee.

“We are a co-equal branch of government and this investigation is part
of our duty under the Constitution, kaya hayaan na lang kami sa aming
tungkulin na siguraduhing nagagamit nang tama ang pera ng taumbayan,”
she said.

Lastly, Hontiveros said that Palace should not put the blame on the
Senate for some of the administration’s failures during this pandemic.

“Kaya nga nung una pa lang ay nanawagan na kami para sa pagsasagawa ng
special audit ng mga pondo. Since the beginning, Congress has been
quick to provide the executive department the needed legislative
support to address this health crisis. Pero hindi ito pahintulot para
ipagsawalang-bahala na ang mga panuntunan kung paano gastusin ang
pondo,” Hontiveros said.

“Kung may nagkulang man, sigurado akong hindi kami yun,” she added.

(ai/mtvn)

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