Pharmally executives Mohit Dargani, Linconn Ong to be detained at Pasay City Jail

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 26) – The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee approved a motion on Friday seeking the transfer of embattled Pharmally executives Mohit Dargani and Linconn Ong to the Pasay City Jail for failing to turn over documents requested by the body.

The motion also called for Twinkle Dargani to remain under Senate custody due to her mental health issues.

"I know you know, I'm not gonna be fooled by you. This time, I will not be forgiving. I will not be compassionate," said Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon. "If you want to play hard ball, we play hard ball. We're not defenseless."

Senators grilled the two Pharmally male officials on the location of "mysterious" boxes, which allegedly contain crucial documents including the cost of medical goods sold to the national government for its COVID-19 pandemic response.

Dargani responded that he wanted to talk with Ong first to find out where the boxes are. Ong agreed, but insisted they should talk with the company's accountant and tax lawyer.

Gordon commented that Dargani and Ong appear to be giving the senators the runaround.

"They cannot be allowed to use the excuse that their movement is restricted. Ginagawang dahilan para hindi maretrive ang dokumento (They are using it as a reason to not retrieve the documents)," said Sen. Kiko Pangilinan.

Aira Moscoso and Jeff Mariano, two of Pharmally's accountants, both maintained they do not know the present location of the boxes in question.

Twinkle Dargani also insisted she did not know the location of the boxes as she claims she was only a "temporary substitute" to the embattled firm's president.

"I wasn't part of the operations nor the financial nor the transactions. I was told to sign some documents, my only participation in the company," said Dargani, whose response was not bought by Gordon since she remains to be a director of the company.

Gordon even threatened to send Dargani to the Correctional Institute for Women and the National Center for Mental Health, but settled for a Senate custody due to her mental health considerations.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee previously ordered Ong to be brought to the Pasay City Jail for allegedly lying in one of their hearings.

The Dargani siblings attempted to escape the country last Nov. 14 but were caught by Senate security personnel at the Davao City International Airport. They have since been detained at the Senate.