Ex-Pharmally officer Mago confirms order to replace face shield certificates

Published November 27, 2021, 1:43 AM

by Dhel Nazario

Former Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation officer Krizle Mago faced senators again on Friday, Nov. 26 where she admitted that she did receive instructions to repack face shields that were being sold to the government.

Krizle Mago, Pharmally executive

This was during the Senate Blue Ribbon panel hearing on the 2020 report of the Commission on Audit (COA) on the budget utilization of the Department of Health (DOH) in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Ms. Mago confirmed for the second time na nagpapalit ng certificate ang Pharmally, nagtatalo lang sino sa PPC management ang nag-instruct but she confirmed ang pagpapalit ng certificate for the second time (Ms. Mago confirmed for the second time that they were replacing certificates, they are just now arguing who from the management instructed but she confirmed that they are replacing certificates for the second time),” Senator Risa Hontiveros said.

However, Mago said that she was intimidated by Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the hearing in September. Lacson then played a clip of his interpellation with Mago which the senators noted was done in a calm demeanor.

“I did feel pressure po for the whole investigation. At the same time, I was trying not to be evasive and answer questions po because there is also a threat of being cited for contempt kapag maging evasive ako sa mga questions po ng Senate,” Mago explained.

“I do admit that there was pressure po for me to respond directly and of course yung time constraint po to answer the questions. That’s why yung mga naging sagot ko were inaccurate,” she added.

In the video, Mago mentioned the name of Mohit Dargani as the one who instructed him to replace the stickers on the face shields. Senators mentioned that Dargani was not hinted in the question of Lacson nor was he leading to someone in particular yet he was the one that Mago said.

“You saw the video, I don’t think you can point to any portion there where the senators tried to bamboozle you into answering,” Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon said.

While she admitted that there was indeed an instruction from the Pharmally management, the fact that she mentioned Dargani’s name in fact, inaccurate.

“Kasi in my scope of work sa Pharmally, generally I would really take instructions from Mr. Dargani, that is what prompted me to say his name po when I was asked to specify,” she said. Mago has said that the company “swindled the government” and she has since retracted this stressing that it was a “pressured response” to Lacson.

Mago also said that it was her decision to go to the House of Representatives and personally wrote to Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.

“Well I was able to compare the environment of investigation from the House of Representatives and from the Senate and that is one of the reasons why I chose to go sa House of Representatives para po mapakapagbigay ako ng proper statement regarding my previous testimonies po sa Senate,” Mago explained.

She left the House’s protection after a month and a half to see her family in the province.