PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has beaten up several senators, including Richard Gordon and Panfilo Lacson, for grilling government officials over alleged irregularities in the Department of Health’s (DOH) use of funds to fight coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Duterte, in a taped public address broadcast Tuesday, August 31, 2021, slammed Gordon’s “talkathon” during the Senate investigation into the matter.

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Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigating P67 billion DOH deficiencies in Covid-19 reactant use, said Friday the 27 Covid-19 reaction money could be as high as the president. Duterte also questioned Lacson’s honesty, threatening to release information against him, and threatening that he will order his cabinet members to abandon Congressional and Senate hearings over the disrespectful treatment of lawmakers by lawmaker Lloyd Lao in awarding a contract on 8, Pesos 68 billion to start-up Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation, which has only Pesos 625,000 paid in capital, formally offered to supply face masks for Pesos 27.72 each, while other bidders made an offer for only £ 13.50 to £ 17.50 each made by other companies. Pharmally Personal Protective Equipment was priced at P1,910 apiece instead of P945 apiece from other bidders. Drilon said Pharmally officials are currently unable to be located. For his part, during the hearing, Lacson suggested the potential connection of Pharmally officials to Michael Yang, the former presidential economic adviser who allegedly has ties to the largest medical supplies supplier, “said Lacson. MeetingGordon showed footage uploaded by the state-run RTVM by Yang at a meeting with Duterte along with his former longtime advisor Senator Christopher “Bong” Go. Lacson said Pharmally officials were also present at the said meeting for the Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee, the Ombudsman’s office for one To request due investigation into transactions the PS has with Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation for pos possible anti-transplant law violations Senator Risa Hontiveros said Monday that Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation has ties to Taiwan-based Pharmally International Holdings Corporation e, which is run by a certain Huang Wen-Lai who was arrested on charges of fraud. She noticed that Huang Tzu Yen, one of the owners of Pharmally Pharmaceutical, is the son of Huang Wen-Lai. Gordon said they also issued a subpoena to Yang for the committee hearing on September 7. Former policeman Eduardo Acierto has been implicated in the drug trafficking. “Michael Yang has been in the business for 20 years, starting out in Davao,” he said. “I thought we were inviting investors? That’s why I went to China several times to come and help us,” he added. Duterte also hit Senator Imee Marcos for noise nuisance as she was preparing for her political plans in the national elections Wanted to be recognized in 2022, Marcos said frequently visits Davao as she seeks the vice presidency, with Davao City Sara Duterte as her candidate. ‘Panic Mode’ In response, Lacson said in a statement that Duterte was in “Panic Mode.” He said Duterte appeared to be preventing the Senate from continuing his investigation into the anomalous transactions, but claimed they “will not shy away from this one.” The pandemic will be exposed and charged in court at the right time, “Lacson said. Gordon said in turn in a virtual press conference that Duterte should call his appointed government officials who may be involved in corruption n and not on Legislators trying to protect public money. “Dapat the Bigyan niya, the Atensyon yang tao niya. Appoint the Kita diyan, all binili you put on the Blue Ribbon Committee, and tell them how to do it. Yun dapat sabihin niya, ”he said. Tapos iinsultuhin niya kami, ibig sabihin may tinatago talaga, ”he added. But he said he had forgiven Duterte for his remarks. (SunStar Philippines)

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