Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Was there really "pressured response" on Pharmally's Krizle Grace Mago?

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Lawmakers sought to discredit the witness who accused Pharmally of repackaging substandard face shields and switching out their expiry dates after Pharmally officer Krizle Mago disavowed her own testimony confirming the warehouse worker's claim.

Sen. Ping Lacson showed a video of the Sept. 24 Blue Ribbon Committee hearing to belie the testimony of Pharmally officer Krizle Mago in the lower house that her admission regarding the issue of changing the production stickers of face shields was a pressured response. 

"Pressured response"? It was an online Senate hearing. The senators were not by her side to intimidate or pressure her with regards to her testimonies.

The ‘pressure’ is somewhat disputable because she testified virtually. She was not physically present. It would be different because ‘pressure’ would really be apparent if everybody is seeing eye to eye and in flesh.

Mago participated in the Senate BRC hearing online at her home & not at the Senate venue. The video of her during the Senate hearing shows no pressure on her.

We even saw former PS-DBM Undersecretary Christopher Lao smirking when he was being questioned. No pressure there since he was also only present via online conferencing.

Mago, who is now under the custody of the CGGPA, looked pressured when she recanted her previous statement.

Unfortunately for Mago, credibility of a witness diminishes upon recantation of testimony unless proven to have been done under force or coercion - not just mere pressure that all other witnesses went through. She should’ve stood her ground at the Senate earlier. 

What is evident: Mago has been influenced to change her declaration. We can no longer trust what she will say now that she is in the custody of Congress, known allies of the Duterte administration.

Her retraction casts more doubt on what is happening at the House of Representatives than it does what happened at the Senate.

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