Mago recants statement on Pharmally ‘swindling,’ now says it’s a ‘pressured response’

Neil Arwin Mercado 10/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. executive Krizle Grace Mago backtracked on Monday, and now said that her previous revelation that her company was swindling the government when it sold damaged medical-grade face shields was a “pressured response.”…

Pharmally and the court of public opinion

Joel Ruiz Butuyan - @inquirerdotnet 10/04/2021

From the way President Duterte has been rabidly defending the people involved in the Pharmally controversy, he acts and talks like a lawyer trying to prevent his clients from getting convicted in a court of law. He…

‘Yes, I swindled, Your Honor’

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 09/30/2021

“Yes, I swindled, Your Honor” was not exactly how Pharmally executive Krizie Grace Mago phrased her admission before the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing. But in essence that was what she said for the next day’s headlines.…

Hontiveros: United opposition is surefire way to beat Duterte candidate

Carla Gomez 09/28/2021

BACOLOD CITY—Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Monday expressed hope there would be a united front for non-administration candidates to defeat whoever is fielded by President Rodrigo Duterte, who is stepping down after the May 2022 elections. Hontiveros,…

‘If it goes to Malacañang, so be it’: Lacson vows to follow evidence in Pharmally probe

Joey Gabieta - @inquirerdotnet 09/26/2021

TACLOBAN CITY — The Senate investigation involving the controversial procurement of face masks from Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. may lead all the way to Malacañang if there is enough evidence to prove it. Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on…

Pharmally exec admits company ‘swindled’ gov’t

DJ Yap 09/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — In a stunning admission, one of the executives of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. said her company had swindled the government by selling medical-grade face shields that were either damaged or soiled and with bogus production…

P550 million lost in expired COVID-19 test kits from Pharmally

Melvin Gascon 09/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government bought about P550 million worth of expired COVID-19 test kits from Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. as part of the trading company’s supply contract with the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and…

‘Napapaso ba kayo?’: Gordon hits ‘Atty. Duterte’ for defending Yang, others in Pharmally deals

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 09/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Richard Gordon on Friday slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for his repeated defense of his former economic adviser, Michael Yang, and other personalities being tagged in the government’s controversial deals with a foreign-led company.…

Corruption scandals under Duterte: From whiff to helplessness

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 09/16/2021

MANILA, Philippines—The transition of President Rodrigo Duterte from tough talk to seeming helplessness against corruption was palpable. The President, who once declared he won’t condone even a “whiff” of corruption, has been drawn to saying “you cannot…

Duterte threatens to find ‘what’s wrong’ with senators, starting with Gordon

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 09/11/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid a Senate probe on the alleged overpriced medical supplies bought by the government, President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to find “what’s wrong” with senators, starting with Senator Richard Gordon. “We will not want…

‘Buking’

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 09/09/2021

The word “nabuking” (which means one was discovered to have committed a misdeed or done something on the sly) comes from the Filipino root word “buking,” a latter-day derivation from “buko” (accent on the second syllable). Therefore,…

Michael Yang, Pharmally officials face arrest after no-show in Senate probe

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter 09/07/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A warrant of arrest will be issued against former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang after the Senate blue ribbon committee cited him in contempt. During Tuesday’s hearing, Senate blue ribbon committee chairman Senator Richard…

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