Gordon claims Pharmally exec now 'unreachable'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 26) — Senator Richard Gordon says a Pharmally official who previously appeared at a Blue Ribbon Committee hearing is now unreachable.

In tweets published Sunday, Gordon said Krizle Mago has become "out of reach" after admitting expiration dates of face shields procured by the government for health workers during the onset of the pandemic were changed. 

"Isang araw matapos ang kanyang pag-amin na niloko ng kompanya ang taumbayan sa pagpapalit ng expiration dates ng face masks at face shields, 'out of reach' na si Ms. Mago," Gordon tweeted.

[Translation: A day after admitting that the company made fools of people in changing expirations dates on face masks and face shields, Ms. Mago is "out of reach."]

The senator, who is the head of the Senate committee, added they offered Mago protection on Sept. 24 however, she said she would think about it and get back to the committee after the hearing.

As of this posting, Mago has not publicly commented on Gordon's tweets.

In a statement Sunday, Senator Risa Hontiveros said she was "worried" for Mago.

"I am worried for Ms. Mago. Dalangin ko na siya'y ligtas at maging bukas na makipagtulungan para sa katotohanan at kagalingan ng mga kapwa niyang nasa healthcare work. Mananatiling bukas ang aking opisina na tulungan at bigyan proteksyon siya bilang kapwa babae," she said.

[Translation: I am worried for Ms. Mago. I pray she is safe and remains open to cooperate to work toward the truth and to help her fellow workers in healthcare. As a woman, my office will remains open to help and protect her.]

In a later tweet, Gordon expressed the same concern.

"We are concerned for her safety after what she confirmed to us during last Friday’s hearing. We offered her protection. After attempts to get her exact location so we could send our Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, she can no longer be reached," he said.

The Senate is currently probing the handling of COVID-19 response funds, which also covers the purchase of supposedly overpriced face masks and face shields.

The hearing has resulted in friction between Gordon and President Rodrigo Duterte who said he would "extract" government officials who would be detained for the hearing.

The President has also ordered Cabinet members to seek his permission first before attending the Senate inquiry, saying the hearings “hamper their implementation of COVID-19 pandemic programs.”