Throughout the Senate plenary deliberations on the 2022 funds, Sen. Sonny Angara relayed to different senators info from BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero concerning the luxurious automobiles registered to Pharmally executives.
“In response to him [Guerrero], the entire automobiles have appeared of their information as having gone by the method — the authorized processes — and the fee of taxes and duties apart from the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S and the 2021 Lexus RCF,” Angara stated.
Angara, chairman of the Senate finance committee, was defending the funds of the Division of Finance, underneath which is the BOC.
The knowledge on the automobiles had been requested by Sen. Richard Gordon, who chairs the blue ribbon panel.
The Porsche was registered to Pharmally company secretary and treasurer Mohit DarganI and the Lexus was registered to Pharmally director Linconn Ong, in accordance with Land Transportation Workplace information introduced by Gordon in one of many blue ribbon committee hearings.
The blue ribbon panel has been investigating the federal government’s purchases of medical items, together with allegedly overpriced face masks, face shields, and different provides, on the peak of the pandemic final 12 months.
In the midst of the inquiry, senators repeatedly questioned the Division of Well being’s switch of P42 billion to the Procurement Service of the Division of Funds and Administration for the acquisition of pandemic response provides.
A portion of this quantity went to over P8.6 billion price of contracts awarded to Pharmally. Senators doubted the monetary capability of the agency because it was solely established in 2019 with a small capital of P625,000 when it secured the provision offers.