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Senators weigh house arrest for detained Pharmally execs

The Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee has yet to grant or deny an appeal by two officials of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation earlier cited in contempt and detained at the Pasay City Jail to be placed under house arrest instead.

Committee sources confided there was still no indication Senate probers have firmed up a consensus either way for the two detainees to remain at the city jail or house arrest as requested by detained Pharmally officials Mohit Dargani and Lincoln Ong.

Senators said the matter is still under consideration but would not likely rush a decision on the request of Dargani, corporate secretary and treasurer, and Ong, a director of the corporation.

Before that, probers recalled the Blue Ribbon panel on the third week of March received separate motions for house arrest from the two Pharmally officials.

According to their lawyers, the two Pharmally officers and their families were also having extreme difficulties adjusting in over four months since they were detained at the Pasay City jail while their case has yet to be heard in court.

It will be recalled that Senate probers ordered the Pharmally officials’ detention after being cited in contempt for refusing to submit to the senator’s pertinent documents related to Pharmally’s financial statements.

Pharmally was subjected to inquiry after the Duterte government was reported to have bought multibillion pesos worth of suspected overpriced face masks, face shields and PPE from a newly registered corporation with P625,000 capital.

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