Multi-million-peso Pharmally deal the ‘mother of all corruption‘
Senator Dick Gordon said the Philippines is back to being the “sick man of Asia” due to what he claims as massive corruption under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, dished out this scathing remark as his committee probes allegation of mishandling by the Duterte administration of the multi-billion-peso Covid-19 response fund.
“We are the sick man of Asia again. Naibangon na ang Pilipinas, ngayon balik tayo ,” Gordon said on Wednesday, September 22, at the continuing hearing of the blue ribbon on the questionable award in 2020 by the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) to Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation of over P8.6 billion worth of contracts to supply Covid-19 medical supplies and equipment
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman described as the “mother of all corruption” the Duterte administration’s award of the pandemic supply deals to a foreign company owned by Chinese nationals.
Although the probe has earned the ire of the President, Gordon said his committee will not stop investigating the government’s transactions with Pharmally if more anomalies are discovered,
By ROGER M. BALANZA
“We want these issues resolved soon so that the whole country can bring back its focus on the most important task at hand, which is overcoming this pandemic and saving lives,” Senator Bong Go said.