Senate panel to release preliminary report on multi-billion peso Pharmally scandal on Feb. 1

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee will issue its preliminary report on the alleged overpriced Pharmally Pharmaceutical corporation contracts entered into with the Procurement Service, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Monday.

In today’s 18th committee hearing, Senator Richard J, Gordon, committee chairman, expressed hopes that those to be negatively affected by the report should not feel bad (Bato bato sa langit, huwag magalit).

He said he is confident that his fellow senators would sign the report and asked them to see his submission of the report so that they could judge who has the backbone.

Before ending his committee hearing today, Gordon launched a verbal assault against President Duterte for advising him that there might be persons out to kill him once he leaves his Senate seat.

He said that he would issue a complete committee report once the five persons he had asked to be arrested for contempt would under the Senate custody.

Gordon pointed out that he has until June 29t o undertake hearings, The current 18th Congress adjourns on June 30.

He said he has yet to receive reports from government agencies that are supposed to investigate the Pharmally contracts.

Gordon was referring to the Commission on Audit (COA), Department of Justice (DOJ), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The COA has notified the committee that it would submit its report in March.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon that they could have a report based on information and pieces of evidence that they have unearthed so far from different government offices even without their reports.