TWO SENATORS said on Wednesday the release of two jailed officers at a controversial company that allegedly sold overpriced medical supplies to the government would not be released until April 30.
This contradicts a previous statement by the Senate leader, who said that if Congress adjourns until June 4, the company’s executives will be fired as the final round of sessions is scheduled for May 23-June 3.
“The custody authorization expires at the age of 18th Congress is adjourned (finally) on June 30, 2022,” Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon told reporters in a Viber message on Wednesday.
Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III previously confirmed that the release of the detainees is scheduled for June 3.
“No, that is not correct,” said Senator Richard J. Gordon, Sr., chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee that issued the warrant for the two officers’ arrest for failing to locate and file documents regarding Pharmally‘s Dealing with the budget department‘s procurement service.
“They will be published at the end of the congress,” he said, referring to June 30th.
In response, Mr. Sotto told reporters in a Viber message on Wednesday that he understood the Senate to end it “‘adjournment incessantly‘ as the title suggests.”
“It looks like the Senate Committee will not function after June 3rd,” he added, “but if they want june 30th it’s up to them. Better ask the interpretation of the SC (Supreme Court).”
Linconn Ong, director of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp., and Mohit Dargani, corporate secretary, have repeatedly pleaded for their release from the Pasay City jail since their incarceration in November, even requesting house arrest. — Alyssa Nicole O Tan