By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima urged the Anti-Money
Laundering Council (AMLC) to freeze the assets of Pharmally
Pharmaceutical Corp. executives whom she called “soulless monsters”
following revelations in an ongoing Senate probe that they purchased
luxury cars after cornering multibillion-peso worth of government
Justice, Welfare, and Rural Development said the freezing of the
assets of Pharmally Directors should be done urgently “before they all
fly away to the Caribbean with their plundered loot.”
“Like everyone else, I was shocked by the parade of Lamborghinis,
Porsches and Lexuses are owned by the directors of Pharmally who
apparently went wild on a luxury car-buying spree after receiving
their 8.7 billion windfalls from selling overpriced PPEs, masks, and
face shields to the government. Kulang na lang yung Maserati ni ex-DBM
Usec. Lloyd Christopher Lao kumpleto na sana,” she said.
“The AMLC should immediately apply for a freeze order and initiate
civil forfeiture proceedings against these shameless profiteers. Kahit
huwag muna si Duterte. Saka na yung kalabaw. Kahit hanggang sa kanyang
BFF na si Michael Yang muna,” she added.
De Lima made the call after Sen. Richard Gordon, Chairperson of the
Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, revealed in a hearing last Sept. 17 that
Pharmally executives Lincoln Ong, Mohit Dargani, and his sister Twinkle
Dargani had at least 4 luxury vehicles registered under their names
less than a year after the transactions.
Gordon reportedly cited documents sourced from the Land Transportation
Office showing that the luxury cars were registered in 2020 and early
2021, or months after the firm started winning contracts from the
“Alam naman nating laway lang ang puhunan ng mga ito, lalo na ang
laway ni Michael Yang na tila ba napakatamis para kay Duterte at siya
pa ang tumatayong abogado para sa kanila. Alam naman nating si Michael
Yang lang at ang kanyang koneksyon kay Duterte ang dahilan kung bakit
nakorner ng mga ito ang bilyon-bilyon na kontrata sa gobyerno,” said
De Lima, a social justice and human rights champion, said the recent
revelations in the probe made it clear where the funds for the
Bayanihan Law 2 went, stressing that the money used to purchase luxury
vehicles “are the people’s money.”
“Ginamit na pambili ng mga Porsche at Lamborghini, habang namamatay sa
gutom at COVID ang ating mga kababayan.”
“Napakahalimaw nga naman talaga ng mga Pharmally directors na ito ano
po? Mga walang kaluluwa, pati na iyong kanilang mga kasabwat sa
gobyerno katulad ni Usec. Lao, ang nasa gitna sa lahat ng transaksyong
ito na si Michael Yang, at ang kanilang kalabaw na tinutuntungan sa
Malacañang, walang iba kung hindi si Duterte,” she said.
“That Lamborghini, that Porsche, that Lexus, are the people’s money.
That is our money. And these greedy monsters have no conscience
whatsoever using our money to feed their boundless sociopathic need
for material wealth at the expense of dying Filipinos in the midst of
the COVID-19 catastrophe. They deserve to burn in hell,” she added.