Senator Gordon to Mago: Show up or be a fugitive
On Monday, Senator Richard Gordon said that Krizle Grace Mago of Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corporation may become a “fugitive” if she remained unreachable, days after admitting that the country’s top medical supplier “swindled” the government.
When asked for the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s next steps if the Pharmally official still refused to resurface before the panel, the senator said in an interview on CNN Philippines’ The Source that she may become a “fugitive” from his book as she refused to face them.
Senator Gordon first revealed last Sunday that his committee can’t contact Mago anymore, days after Mago was offered protection by the Senate following her testimony that Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corporation changed the expiry dates of government-procured face shields.
“That statement speaks volumes, that she agrees that the country has been swindled by Pharmally and her activities,” Senator Gordon said.
The senator also noted that Mago can’t be found in her condominium unit as of Monday.
According to him, there’s speculation about Mago being protected by “certain bodyguards” but didn’t divulge other details on the matter.
“Flight is an indication of guilt. ‘Pag hindi nagpapakita, may tinatago siya,” Senator Gordon said.
Senator Gordon also said that they have reached out to Mago’s alma mater, St. Paul University, to help in contacting her.
The Senate continued to investigate the government’s handling of pandemic response funds, which also covered the procurement of supposedly overpriced face masks and face shields from Pharmally.
Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart that Mago remained safe despite not communicating with the chamber.
According to her, her office and the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee remained open to Mago and that she expected the latter to attend Thursday’s hearing “safe and sound”.