Members of the Office of the Senate’s Sergeant-At-Arms escort Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corp. Executive Linconn Ong inside the Senate building as he was arrested for contempt on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (Senate PRIB photo)
By Amado Inigo
MANILA — Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. director Linconn Ong has been arrested by the Senate for contempt for allegedly refusing to cooperate with the Upper Chamber’s probe on overpriced medical supplies amid the country’s battle against Covid-19.
It may be recalled that in previous Senate hearings, the Pharmally director and former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang were both cited for contempt for being “evasive” in answering the queries fielded to them by the panel investigating the billion-peso contract irregularity.
Ong was online attending the blue ribbon virtual hearing when members of the Senate’s Office of Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA) arrived at his house and arrested him.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the powerful blue-ribbon committee in Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon, who is spearheading the inquiry, accused President Rodrigo Duterte of bullying even as he warned him that “the Filipino people can fight back.”
Gordon made the remark at the resumption of the Senate probe on the alleged deficiencies in the use of the Department of Health’s P67 billion pandemic response fund. (ai/mtvn)