MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III has signed the commitment order for the transfer of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation director Linconn Ong and corporate secretary and treasurer Mohit Dargani to the Pasay City Jail.
The order states that the two executives will be placed under the custody of the Pasay City Jail until they answer the questions of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and submit the documents asked from them by the panel.
At last Friday’s hearing, Dargani said that he no longer has any knowledge on the whereabouts of the boxes containing Pharmally documents since he left for the United States in August. He, however, expressed his willingness to search for the said documents.
Ong and Pharmally’s former Regulatory Affairs Head Krizle Mago also denied knowledge about the said boxes.
“We don’t know where the boxes are, precisely because our house boxes, office boxes, everything is mixed. I want to go back and see what’s happening also,” Dargani said.
However, Senate Sergeant At Arms chief Retired Major General Rene Samonte, in a text message, reported to Blue Ribbon Committee chairperson Richard Gordon that his team was not able to launch the search for the boxes due to Dargani’s refusal to give the needed information.
“Hindi nakaalis kasi ayaw magbigay ng info kung saan pupunta, hindi daw nya alam kung nasaan — office or warehouse or residence. He was told that they can go to all three, pero ayaw pa din,” Samonte’s text message read.
He added that Mohit claimed not knowing whether the said boxes are at the Pharmally head office, in a warehouse, or at their residence.
Samonte also said that Dargani pointed to one of Pharmally’s legal counsel, Attorney Don Kapunan, as the one who knows about the documents.
The Senate official added that he had the Pharmally counsel called up and made the query, in which the lawyer denied any knowledge about the said boxes of documents.
“Ang sabi ni Mohit ay alam daw ni Atty. Kapunan, kaya pinatawagan ko. Muntik na daw mahulog ang lawyer sa upuan, kasi wala daw kaalam alam si Atty. Kapunan kung ano man ang mga documents na yun,” Samonte’s message further read.
“It seems wala talagang boxes and boxes of documents, or ayaw ilabas kung meron man. I recommend ituloy na ang transfer order asap. I will see and talk to them pag may commitment order na to Pasay City Jail,” it continued.
Mohit’s sister, Pharmally president Twinkle Dargani, on the other hand, will stay under the Senate’s custody. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)