Senate leaders slam ‘kangaroo court’ tag on Blue Ribbon probe

Senators have taken exception to legal professional Ferdinand Topacio calling the chamber’s Blue Ribbon Committee a “kangaroo discussion board” in investigating the federal government’s offers with Pharmally Pharmaceutical Company.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III bangs the gavel signifying the beginning of the plenary consultation on November 24, 2020.(Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB)

Topacio issued the remark as he defined the verdict of Pharmally director Linconn Ong to again out of his reported request to fulfill senators in an govt consultation to disclose main points on how the company was once in a position to have the funds for its provision of COVID-19 provides to the federal government regardless of a low paid-up capital.

Ong wrote to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Monday, September 27, announcing he’s declining the panel’s be offering for an govt consultation.

“I remorseful about to tell you that, performing upon the recommendation of recommend, I’m declining your type invitation for me to take part within the govt consultation in regards to the topic below investigation,” Ong mentioned in his handwritten letter, hours after Sen. Panfilo Lacson introduced that the useful resource particular person will probably be revealing knowledge on Pharmally’s monetary dealings in a closed-door meeting.

Topacio is Ong’s prison recommend.

“We’re reconsidering that (cooperating with the Senate inquiry). As a result of this isn’t a good discussion board. It is a Kangaroo discussion board,” Topacio mentioned of the Blue Ribbon panel’s hearings.

“Some contributors of the Blue Ribbon Committee aren’t out to get the reality. They’re out for blood. Kaya naman unfair sa kliyente ko kung siya ang gagawing pawn, gagawing sacrificial lamb para makakuha ng dugo (That’s why it’s unfair for my consumer is he’ll be used as a pawn, a sacrificial lamb),” he added.

Topacio additionally reportedly threatened to sue the Senate for abuse of authority if senators presses his consumer to talk out.

However Senate President Vicente Sotto III rejected the remarks.

“By no means threaten or name the Senate names! What do they be expecting by way of threatening the Senate? That we roll over and die? [That] Won’t ever occur!” Sotto advised newshounds in a message.

He mentioned Ong “will have to right kind his legal professional and inform him the reality.”

Blue Ribbon committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon, who showed Ong’s request for an govt consultation, mentioned that whilst he is aware of the legal professional was once simplest doing his activity for his consumer, the Senate, he mentioned, isn’t a kangaroo courtroom.

“Smartly, it takes one to grasp one na kangaroo. However we aren’t a kangaroo courtroom,” he mentioned in an internet interview with Senate newshounds.

Gordon additionally hit again at Ong’s legal professional.

“He makes use of the entirety to take a look at and get a purchase order on anything else. K lang sa akin, Ferdie, hanapbuhay mo ‘yan, eh (That’s k with me, it’s your activity),” he mentioned.

Gordon dared Topacio to “do [his] worst.”

“‘Yong mga talagang walang ibubuga, nanakot (Those that are incapable lodge to threats)…Bahala ka, kung anong gawin mo (Do what you need). It’s a loose nation,” he advised Topacio.

Lacson additionally tweeted: “Some attorneys remind us of an ambulance that abruptly seems from at the back of with siren blaring, as though chasing us, to announce its look with all its pomp and vanity.”

In the meantime, Senator Risa Hontiveros mentioned: “I am hoping Mr. Ong, in addition to different ‘supporting characters’ on this sordid saga, notice that simplest the reality will offer protection to them in spite of everything.”

Gordon refuses to divulge Ong’s whereabouts because of safety considerations however mentioned the Pharmally legit “is protected”.

Related Post