Pharmally executive arrives in Senate for detention

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21) – Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corp. director Linconn Ong will continue his detention in the Senate after being put under house arrest for almost two weeks due to his bout with COVID-19.

Ong was escorted by the members of the Senate Office of the Sergeant-At-Arms as he arrived in the Senate building on Tuesday.

The Pharmally executive was cited in contempt and ordered to be arrested by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Sept. 10 for evading questions on that day's hearing on the government's alleged anomalous purchase of medical supplies for its pandemic response.

Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Richard Gordon allowed Ong to be put under house arrest after he said in the hearing that he was battling COVID-19.

Senators are questioning why Pharmally, the company where Ong works, bagged the ₱8.6 billion contract for medical supplies last year despite declaring only ₱625,000 in their paid-up capital.

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