December 4, 2021 In Gordon, Senate

Gordon: Senate probe on Covid-19 response to reach Malacanang

Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon. Photo from Senate

SEN. Richard “Dick” Gordon, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee, said on Wednesday that his committee’s investigation into the government’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis is likely to reach Malacanang.

Gordon said “yes” when asked by Cito Beltran of News 5 on whether Malacanang used the baton to signal a multi-billion-peso scam in the awarding of billions of pesos worth of Covid-19-related medical supplies.

Gordon said he “could soft-pedal it” but could not because the connection from the top to the ground was clear.

He likened the scheme to an opera where there was a conductor that used the baton “with the help of his Chinese friends” and “that is the problem”.

Gordon had, among others, accused President Rodrigo Duterte of lawyering for Michael Yang, his former economic adviser.

Yang denied the statement of Lincoon Ong, director of Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corporation, that he (Yang) financially helped Pharmally so that it could eventually bag as much as P11 billion in medical supplies through contracts awarded by the Procurement Service Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM).

Gordon said there was a powerful figure that ordered the Department of Health (DoH) to transfer its P42 billion response funds to Covid-related programs to PS-DBM whose chief, Lloyd Christopher Lao, is from Davao like the President and Yang.

Malacanang had insinuated that the investigation by Gordon was politically motivated, which the senator had denied.