Senate security: Pharmally execs to be transferred to Pasay City jail on Nov. 29

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) — Embattled Pharmally executives Mohit Dargani and Linconn Ong are expected to be transferred to the Pasay City Jail on Monday, Nov. 29 for failing to turn over documents requested by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III signed the commitment order to Pasay City Jail for the two Pharmally officials.

“Yes, they will be subjected to medical checkup and out-processing, and some admin process including coordination and documentation with Pasay City Jail. I expect they will be transferred around lunchtime tomorrow,” said Senate Sergeant-at-Arms retired Maj. Gen. Rene Samonte said in a text message on Sunday.

The Senate on Friday approved the motion to transfer Ong and Dargani from the upper chamber’s custody to the city jail facility.

They were grilled over the location of the documents on Pharmally’s allegedly anomalous transaction with the government. Ong and Dargani were given until Saturday to locate the boxes which contain the documents.

However, Samonte said that it seemed that there were really no documents or Dargani just don’t want to release them.

For his part, Blue Ribbon Committee chairperson Senator Richard Gordon warned the two company officials that they will be transferred to another jail if they will be given special treatment in Pasay City Jail.

“Mukhang niloloko pa rin tayo ng mga ito hanggang ngayon (They are still fooling us) […] We've had enough. So you better know that you’re going to Pasay city jail. If you are treated royally there, will move you to another jail,” said Gordon in a video message on Sunday.

The Senate is investigating the deal between the Department of Budget and Management’s Procurement Service and Pharmally for the procurement of allegedly overpriced personal protective equipment and testing kits.