Pharmally exec reveals attempt to apply as ex-presidential adviser Yang's aide

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21) — An executive of the country’s top medical supplier during the pandemic admitted he applied for a position under former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang, as the Senate’s probe into the COVID-19 response fund controversy continued on Tuesday.

Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corp. treasurer Mohit Dargani initially told lawmakers he has never worked for the government, at which point Sen. Risa Hontiveros presented a screenshot of his LinkedIn account where it was stated that he was a Special Assistant to the Office of the Presidential Economic Adviser.

“I tried to apply there…I assumed I was working there but apparently I was not so I took that down eventually,“ Dargani later clarified.

Hontiveros then rebutted the Pharmally executive, saying he was either not telling them the truth about working in the government before, or misrepresenting himself in the social media post.

Dargani further clarified he “assumed wrong” that he was indeed working for Yang’s office, adding that he took down the LinkedIn post after he “was not extended” an appointment for the said position.

Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Richard Gordon noted in a tweet that Dargani immediately replaced his LinkedIn profile description after word got out regarding the issue.

Dargani and Yang are among the individuals the Justice department placed under immigration lookout bulletin orders amid their involvement in the legislative probe. Pharmally has been at the center of the inquiry after bagging contracts worth billions of pesos despite having only over ₱600,000 in capital.