SEN. RICHARD J. GORDON’S STATEMENT ON DARGANI/ONG COMPLAINT TO CHR AND LETTER TO SENATE PRESIDENT SEEKING RELEASE FROM DETENTION
This recent development comes as no surprise anymore. These two – Mr. Mohit Dargani and Mr. Linconn Ong – has been relentless in their campaign for release even if they had lied, continue to dissemble, and refuse to submit papers and documents that is required by the Blue Ribbon Committee.
They have lobbied some fellow senators, high-ranking officials, and even persons close to me to effect their release from detention. They are able to issue and have press releases see print or broadcast.
First, it must be made clear that Mr. Dargani and Mr. Ong were not detained simply because it was the liking of the Committee. The Blue Ribbon, uses sparingly and rarely its powers top declare those who appear before it in contempt.
Second, only clear violators of the Rules are subject to contempt: lying before the Committee, refusing to answer a valid question asked of the witnesses, and refusal to bring to the Committee documents required to be submitted, among others.
Mr. Dargani and Mr. Ong promised, during a hearing, to locate and submit documents regarding Pharmally’s dealings with PS-DBM for the acquisition of protective materials and other goods to be used in the Covid-19 pandemic. They were even given the opportunity to be released from detention so the documents they had promised to submit could be located. However, when the day came for them to be released, they sent word that those documents did not exist.
For lying that they will bring documents and for failure or refusal to submit such documents to the Committee, the blue Ribbon had no other just choice but to continue their detention. They have no one but themselves to blame for their continuing detention in the same manner that only their action, their compliance with just directives can pave the way for their release.
Finally, Mr. Dargani and Mr. Ong assert that they are held in custody in order to be used for, and in furtherance of, my supposed “political ambitions.” There is no bigger lie. On the contrary, I was aware from the start that the hearings on Pharmally could hit many personalities and thus could animate those adversely mentioned into campaigning against me. And, that is exactly what happened. I have suffered from negative campaigning, especially in social media, where trolls were organized against my candidacy. Powerful men have publicly issued statements urging our constituents not to vote for me.
If the price to be paid for doing my job excellently and passionately – all for the benefit of the people – was and is targeted negative campaigning, that I have paid and will always be willing to pay.
Fiat Justitia Ruat Coelum.