Krizle Grace Mago (SENATE SCREEN GRAB)

MANILA, Philippines — Information reaching Senator Richard Gordon showed that Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. executive Krizle Mago, who gave a “damaging” admission against her firm last week, is no longer in her condominium unit and is supposedly being protected by “certain bodyguards.”

“All we know is that she’s no longer in her condominium and that we’re told that she is totally disregarding her phone calls or totally not in control of herself, we don’t know,” Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, said in an interview on CNN Philippines’ “The Source” on Monday.

“We had a hint she was supposedly under the protection of ‘certain bodyguards’ and we’re not sure whether that’s really reliable but we’re hoping for the best. We hope that she’s not hurt. We hope that she is not being intimidated,” he added.

Sen. Richard Gordon

Sen. Richard Gordon  (Screen grab/Senate PRIB)

During Friday’s hearing, Mago confessed she was instructed to order Pharmally warehouse staff to switch the production certificates of face shields dated 2020 with new certificates dated 2021.

Mago is Pharmally’s Regulatory Affairs head.

“Clearly, that statement speaks volumes that she agreed that the country has been swindled by Pharmally and her activities,” Gordon went on.

After Mago’s testimony last Friday, senators offered to give her protective custody. She said he will think it over.

Since then, the Blue Ribbon Committee could no longer reach her.

“All we know is that she hasn’t answered, ayaw niyang sumagot or di siya pinasasagot. We’re very concerned because yung sinabi niya [what she said is] very damaging,” Gordon said.

“I think that more or less clearly indicates to the amount of effort that has been done to try and deceive and swindle the government and the Filipino people,” he added.

Gordon called on Mago to resurface “as soon as possible.”

“Magpakita na siya [She should show up], kasi flight is an indication of guilt,” the senator added.

Senators are investigating the government’s transactions with Pharmally, which was awarded over P8.6 billion worth of supply contracts for medical supplies in 2020 despite being only several months old and having just P625,000 in paid-up capital.

Pharmally chairman and president Huang Tzu Yen has previously denied that they were favored in any way in the government’s procurement of medical supplies in 2020, saying the firm has been “unfairly prejudged.”


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