Blue pills in Blue House

> Park’s of­fice admits mass pur­chase of Vi­a­gra

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SEOUL: A scan­dal over South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Geun-Hye ( pix)’ s shad­owy con­fi­dante took an even more bizarre turn yes­ter­day when Park’s of­fice was forced to ex­plain a mass pur­chase of Vi­a­gra.

The rev­e­la­tions about Park’s decades­long ties with close friend Choi Soon-Sil and with Choi’s fa­ther – the late founder of a cult-like re­li­gious group – have sparked huge me­dia in­ter­est in the pres­i­dent’s per­sonal life.

On Tues­day an op­po­si­tion party law­maker re­vealed that Park’s of­fice last year bought hun­dreds of pills which can treat erec­tile dys­func­tion, in­clud­ing Vi­a­gra and the generic ver­sion of the drug.

As the rev­e­la­tion sparked a me­dia frenzy, a spokesman of the pres­i­den­tial Blue House said the drug was pur­chased to ease pos­si­ble moun­tain sick­ness dur­ing Park’s visit in May to high-al­ti­tude African na­tions in­clud­ing Ethiopia.

“We bought it for the trip but did not use it,” Jung Youn-Kuk told re­porters, adding the drug is known to be ef­fec­tive in treat­ing al­ti­tude sick­ness.

Park has never mar­ried and has no known part­ner.

Her of­fice in re­cent years also bought hun­dreds of in­jectable doses of hu­man pla­centa ex­tract and vi­ta­min shots – com­monly used for detox­i­fi­ca­tion and anti-age­ing treat­ment.

Jung said the doses were bought for work­ers at the pres­i­den­tial of­fice in­clud­ing Park’s body­guards.

Pros­e­cu­tors are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Park also had var­i­ous in­jec­tions pre­scribed for her­self us­ing Choi’s name at pri­vate clin­ics, with­out the knowl­edge of the of­fi­cial pres­i­den­tial med­i­cal staff.

In a scan­dal which has en­gulfed the pres­i­dency, Park and Choi are ac­cused of col­lud­ing to co­erce lo­cal firms to do­nate tens of mil­lions of dol­lars to du­bi­ous non-profit foun­da­tions con­trolled by Choi.

Choi al­legedly used some of the money for per­sonal gain.

Park is also ac­cused of let­ting Choi med­dle in state af­fairs to the ex­tent of nom­i­nat­ing top of­fi­cials and edit­ing her speeches.

Park faces a crim­i­nal probe by pros­e­cu­tors and a grow­ing push for her im­peach­ment. Hun­dreds of thou­sands have taken to the streets in re­cent weeks to call for her res­ig­na­tion. – AFP

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