By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Video clips don’t lie. Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson thus bared
Tuesday the conflicting testimonies of Pharmally Pharmaceuticals
“employee” Krizle Mago before the Senate last Sept. 24, and the House
of Representatives last Oct. 4.
Lacson shot down Mago’s claim before the Lower House that her
admission of acting on instructions of higher management to instruct a
warehouseman to tamper with “expired” labels on face shields was a
At Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on the
irregularities in the purchase of medical supplies to deal with the
Covid pandemic, Lacson had a video clip played showing Mago was not
pressured in her admission during the Sept. 24 hearing.
“You be the judge, Mr. Chairman, if that was a pressured response and
if she was bullied by this representation when she admitted that Mr.
Mohit Dargani gave her the instructions to have the stickers changed,”
On Oct. 4, Mago told the House of Representatives that her admission
before the Senate last Sept. 24 was a “pressured response.”
But in the video clip of the Sept. 24 hearing, Mago seemed composed
when she testified that she was acting on instructions of higher
management, particularly Mohit Dargani.
Meanwhile, Lacson reiterated the Senate is never a criminal court or
involved in a witch-hunt, as insinuated by President Rodrigo Duterte
during his address televised Monday night.
“The Senate never claimed to be a criminal court. We investigate in
aid of legislation as we had always done in the past, which resulted
in some meaningful laws like the amended Anti-Hazing Law and many more
meaningful legislations,” he said.
“But neither is the Senate investigation a witch-hunt. Our inquiries
also led to the filing of criminal charges against certain government
officials as well as their civilian cohorts,” he added.
He also cited the memorandum from Executive Secretary Salvador
Medialdea informing heads of the departments and agencies, including
government-owned or controlled corporations and government financial
institutions, that the President has directed them to “no longer
appear before or to attend” the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearings,
and to instead focus their time and effort to address the state of
calamity due to Covid-19.
“It bears repeating that all branches of government should work
together against the common enemy which is corruption. The recent
pronouncements made by the President may not be helping in this
regard,” Lacson stressed. (ai/mtvn)