Hontiveros flags incomplete papers of Pharmally deals on delivery ofoverpriced medical supplies

Hontiveros flags incomplete papers of Pharmally deals on delivery of
overpriced medical supplies

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros flagged Pharmally’s incomplete
documentation of transactions, after Pharmally’s incorporator Krizle
Mago admitted that the company did not receive a delivery order but
was issued a delivery receipt.

“Bakit may short cut ang Pharmally? Mukhang short cut to corruption
itong transkasyon 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.

During the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Monday, Hontiveros
asked Mago if Pharmally had the four necessary documents to complete
the procurement: a delivery order, a delivery receipt, an inspection
and acceptance report of the delivery, and a statement of account of
the delivery. Mago said they had all but the delivery order.

“Sa apat na dokumentong pinakakailangan, 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.

“Ang Pharmally na-fast track ang transaksyon pero pagdating sa Special
Risk Allowance ng ating healthcare workers, pahirapan makakuha. These
lapses in checks and balances may have also contributed to many of our
HCWs contracting COVID-19 because of substandard PPEs,” Hontiveros
said.

The senator added that Pharmally seems to have gotten the deal only
through referrals of former presidential economic adviser Michael
Yang.

Hontiveros said the Committee should have been able to ask more
questions regarding Yang’s role in these incomplete transactions, but
Yang failed to appear in the Senate hearing due to supposed
hypertension.

“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.

“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,”
Hontiveros concluded.

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