MANILA, Philippines — It appears that Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. head Huang Tzu Yen initially tried to set up a flight for siblings Mohit and Twinkle Dargani from Davao City, documents presented by Senator Richard Gordon showed.
During Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee on the Pharmally mess, Gordon presented documents showing that a certain Yenny Huang — which Huang admitted was also him, as evidenced by his Yenny Sonson Instagram account — transacted with Air Charter Service (ACS) for the possible flight.
“Monday, 8th, November 2021, depart Davao Francisco Bangoy International Airport 12:30 local time, arrive Al Maktoum International, Dubai South […] we confirm the gross charter price to US$140,000, inclusive of passenger taxes, security charges, which we confirmed shall be paid to ACS on or before Wednesday the 3rd, November 2021,” Gordon said, reading the details of the manifest.
“And your name, Yenson Huang, appears thereat […] (it says) ‘The initial enquiry came from Yenson Huang and then handed over to Morris Daniel who signed the contract for both Business Beyond Limits OPC and also ROX Trading’. Now, is that Yenson Huang one and the same as your person, sir? Mr. Huang?” he asked.
Huang confirmed that it is him — however, he insisted that he was only doing research for Mohit Dargani, who asked him if he could look for a flight. He said that he left it to Dargani to process the flight.
“Mr. Chairman as I’ve said, I did research initially for Mohit Dargani, and I did not follow after. I was not the one who booked the flight, I did not pay for the flight so I don’t know — yes, Mr. Yenson Huang is me, but I did research,” Huang explained.
Gordon said that he understands why Huang may have done that, because Dargani is one of his associates, and because he is the president of the Pharmally. However, the Senator said he cannot deny his hands on the issue, because the official document from ACS says that Huang inquired first.
“You made the initial enquiry and this is only logical because you are the president of Pharmally and Mr. Dargani is close to you, so he probably asked you to see to it that I could get the plane. So the document speaks for itself, I’m merely giving you a chance to say yes or no,” Gordon said.
“I’m not denying, Mr. Chairman. I’ve stated that in the previous hearing already, I don’t know what is there to deny,” Huang replied.
“You said you have nothing to do with it. But now its shows that you have something to do with it initially,” Gordon answered.
In response, Huang again maintained that he did not know details about the actual flight.
It could be remembered that the Darganis, both officials of Pharmally too, were about to leave the country for Kuala Lumpur when they were intercepted by the Office of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA) at the Davao airport.
OSAA revealed that aside from trying to fly out to Malaysia through a private plane, Mohit also tried to escape the arresting officers, running back to the private plane.
Mohit and Twinkle were ordered detained at the Senate last October 19 for not complying with the committee’s request for documents that are vital to the Senate’s investigation of alleged overpriced pandemic supplies.
However, after the contempt order, the siblings did not return to the hearing and went into hiding.
The Darganis’ names surfaced during the Senate’s probe of Pharmally for its role regarding the deficiencies spotted by the Commission on Audit (COA) in the Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 funds worth P67.32 billion.
Of this P67.32 billion, COA said that DOH transferred over P42 billion to procuring agencies like the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM).
PS-DBM, headed then by former officer-in-charge Lloyd Christopher Lao, approved contracts worth around P8.6 billion for Pharmally, despite the company having a small paid-up capital of P625,000.
There are also accusations that Pharmally’s equipment were overpriced, like in the case of face masks sold at over P27 per piece in April 2020, when other companies offered a price of P13 per piece.
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