Michael Yang attends Senate probe
MICHAEL YANG – The former presidential adviser attended the Senate investigation on procurement of allegedly “overpriced” COVID-19 supplies.
Yang appeared before the Senate blue ribbon committee virtually on Friday, September 10.
Yang, who is being linked to Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation, was accompanied by an interpreter and his legal counsel, Atty. Raymond Fortun.
He previously skipped two hearings called by the Senate.
Aside from Yang, the five Pharmally officials namely Mohit Dargani, Twinkle Dargani, Linconn Ong, Krizle Grace Mago and Justine Garado who were also issued with arrest warrants are present in the said hearing.
On Tuesday, Yang and the Pharmally officials were cited in contempt by the Senate blue ribbon committee for failure to show up in the investigation despite their subpoenas.
Yang and the Pharmally executives were likewise issued with arrest warrants for their non-appearance in the hearing.
Yang, through Fortun, informed the office of Senate blue ribbon chairman Richard Gordon later that day that he will cooperate in the Senate probe.
Meanwhile, according to a source from the Senate blue ribbon committee, Pharmally president Huang Tzu Yen has also taken his oath before the officials at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.
Although Huang Tzu Yen, who is currently in Singapore, was able to attend the hearing on Tuesday, senators were not able to interrogate him due to legal concerns.
Currently, the Senate is investigating the use of COVID-19 funds last year by the Department of Health.
According to GMA News, the investigation is now focused on the transfer of P42 billion funds to the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service by DOH for the procurement of face masks and face shields.
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