MANILA – A witness on Friday said Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. asked workers to repack substandard face shields for the Department of Health, as an official confirmed changing the year on certification stickers of these items.
At the start of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing, Sen. Risa Hontiveros showed a video showing a warehouse staff for Pharmally, who then alleged that they were changing the stickers of “expired” medical-grade face shields from 2020 to this year, as they included substandard products in their packaging.
According to the staff, they repacked face shields that were already yellowing, wet, old, and even dirty.
Hontiveros’ staff interviewed this witness who said that the products are intended to be distributed among health workers, as directed by the Department of Health.
“Ang pinapagawa nila sa amin sa face shield is parang sobrang substandard po ng face shield na ginagawa namin, kahit yupi yupi na ‘yung face shield, boxes, may mga madumi, pinapa-repack pa rin po sa amin nila ma’am iyun,” According to the witness.
(What they ask us to do is to include substandard face shields, they were already dented, dirty, they asked us to repack them.)
“Wala po silang pinapatapon na face shield… although substandard po siya, madumi, naninilaw, kahit nabasa,” They added.
(They didn’t want us to throw away face shields that were already substandard, dirty, yellowish, wet.)
Pharmally’s Krizle Grace Mago, meanwhile, confirmed that they are changing certification stickers of the face shields.
Mago said that this was done according to instructions from management, Mohit Dargani included.
Dargani works as an executive at Pharmally.
“With regards to the changing of the stickers of the items, my response is this was a supply concern, I raised this concern to the management and that was the solution for us,” Mago stated.
Dargani denied that.
“The instructions did not come from me… I am speaking the truth that no instructions came from me.”
Mago said that she was only following orders from her manager as an employee.
Pharmally is under investigation for allegedly selling overpriced medical supplies to the government in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senators are questioning why the government bought what lawmakers said are overpriced anti-virus masks at P27 each and face shields worth P122 a piece.