The recent developments on the issue of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. involving the government and Covid19 funds is what presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno described as “plunder.”
Should he be elected as President, he promised to put the guilty parties behind bars.
“There is what you call plunder [on a] regular day,” he said on Friday during the oath taking of new members of the Aksyon Demokratiko party, of which he is part. “But there is also what you call ‘plundemic’. Plunder in [a] pandemic.”
“Basta papapanagutin natin ang mga nanggahasa sa atin na bahagi ng gobyerno pati pribadong kompanya na nagkasala, nagnakaw, nang-abuso, at sila ay papapanagutin natin sa mata ng batas,” he continued.
Government agreements with Pharmally using Covid19 response money have been the center of attention at Senate hearings for the past several weeks. Many discoveries, such as that of tampered production dates on face shields, poor-quality medical supplies and various anomalous documents, were made, all indicative of graft.
Above all, the question was how Pharmally, a new company with small capital, was able to land deals worth billions of pesos.
The company is believed to be financed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s former adviser, Michael Yang. The President has been publicly against these investigations, going as far as issuing a memo to prevent Cabinet officials and witnesses from appearing before the Senate, as well as for uniformed personnel to ignore arrest warrants issued by the legislative body.