She said she received instructions from Mohit Dargani to tamper face shields and will stand by her words.
MANILA — Krizle Grace Mago, an incorporataor of Pharmally and also its regulatory affairs head, admitted on Friday that she ordered the company’s warehouse workers to change production dates from 2020 to 2021 in certification documents for the face shields the Department of Health ordered for use by doctors and nurses in the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19.
“That is something I cannot deny,” she replied to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee.
Ms Mago admitted that Pharmally had swindled the Government by selling damaged or soiled face shields with spurious production dates.
According to Senator Francis Pangilinan, Ms Mago’s admission against her own interest “carries weight” in legal proceedings, compared to Dargani’s general denial, “which is weak.”
Ms Mago said she will “verify the details of other projects” if there were other pandemic supplies where she was instructed to tamper by the management when she was asked. She also vowed to cooperate with the investigation. However, she has to agree to protective custody first before the Senate can apply it to her, says Senator Richard Gordon.
Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation, the contractor for the Government’s pandemic-response medical supplies, is under investigation by the Senate Blue Ribbon committee after the Commission on Audit’s (COA) report showed deficiencies in the Department of Health’s (DOH) COVID-19 funds amounting to ₱67.32 billion.
The DOH transferred ₱42 billion from the said funds to the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM), which awarded ₱8.7 billion worth of contracts to Pharmally. (RA/Headline PH)