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Hontiveros: P3.8B contract for PPEs given to agency ‘presumably linked’ to Taiwanese firm charged for fraud

FILE PHOTO: Senator Risa Hontiveros. PRIB

MANILA, Philippines — An area company that was awarded a P3.8 billion contract for the procurement of non-public protecting gear (PPE) is “presumably linked” to a Taiwanese agency flagged by the Taiwanese authorities for monetary fraud, Senator Risa Hontiveros mentioned Friday.

A doc from Hontiveros’ workplace distributed to the media indicated that the corporate was the “solely Filipino-based agency awarded a major quantity for PPE procurement” in Might 2020.

“They might be presumably linked to a Taiwanese agency, Pharmally Worldwide Holdings, which was flagged by the Taiwanese authorities for monetary fraud. Their shares have been suspended within the Taiwan inventory trade and their Chairman confronted a warrant of arrest for monetary fraud,” in response to the doc.

Hontiveros raised the priority through the Senate blue ribbon committee inquiry into the pandemic funds of the Division of Well being (DOH) final 12 months. The probe was triggered by a Commission on Audit report that found “deficiencies” amounting to at least P67 billion within the well being company’s COVID-19 response finances for 2020.

Through the listening to, Hontiveros requested Lloyd Christopher Lao, former head of the Procurement Service of the Division of Funds and Administration (PS-DBM), if the Taiwanese pharmaceutical agency is identical or is linked to the native drug firm.

Hontiveros recognized the international agency as Pharmally Worldwide Holdings and the native firm as Pharmally Pharmaceutical Company through the on-line Senate listening to which is open to the general public.

Lao mentioned he was not conscious if the 2 companies are the identical or are associated to one another.

Hontiveros, in response, mentioned the PS-DBM ought to train due diligence in awarding contracts to corporations.

“If you’re telling the committee, hindi kayo conscious midday, conscious po ba kayo kahit ngayon na itong Pharmally Worldwide, charged po siya with monetary fraud? Kung ito ‘yung parehong agency, this is identical agency whose chairman was issued an arrest warrant,” the senator mentioned.

(If you’re telling the committee that you weren’t conscious of it earlier than, are you conscious now that Pharmally Worldwide was charged with monetary fraud? If this is identical agency, its chairman was issued an arrest warrant.)

“Anong due diligence ang ginagawa ng PS-DBM on these suppliers, lalo na ‘yung nakakuha ng pinakamalaking kontrata, P3.8 billion at a doubly worth common of P1,800 per PPE set kahit ang mismong worth freeze ng DOH ay P950 lang?”Hontiveros requested Lao.

(What’s the due diligence being performed by PS-DBM on these suppliers, particularly on the one which bagged the largest contract at P3.8 billion at a doubly common worth of P1,800 per PPE set even when the worth freeze of the DOH was at P950.)

Lao answered Hotniveros by explaining that the PS-DBM had to hook up with embassies and ambassadors as a way to have contracts with companies for the PPE provide.

“These corporations that we initially had contracts or relations with, that was the time when sarado po ang financial system and wala pong provide (the financial system was closed and there was no provide). We have now to relay by way of our diplomatic channels. We contacted the embassies, ambassadors, particular envoys,” he mentioned.

He added that the PPE set price P1,800 being flagged by Hontiveros was composed of a number of objects.

“We might identical to to make clear the worth freeze of DTI of P900. Kasi could (As a result of there’s a) layman’s time period ng PPE and technical time period ng PPE. The layman’s time period of PPE is the cover-all, however technically, while you say PPE, it’s a number of objects that shield an individual from being contaminated,” he mentioned.

“The objects we procured at P1,800 are the eight-item piece or generally, nine-piece merchandise or 10-piece merchandise. Hindi po siya isang merchandise, hindi po cowl all. A number of po ‘yan (This isn’t only one merchandise. It has a number of objects). ‘Yung sa (The) DTI worth freeze I believe na P900, that’s the cover-all,” he added.


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