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Former procuremen­t office head says contract on pandemic supplies aboveboard

- — Bianca Angelica D. Añago and Kyle Aristopher­e T. Atienza

A FORMER head of the Budget department’s Procuremen­t Service, who is now with the Office of the Ombudsman, said the purchase of pandemic supplies such as face shields and face masks last year that are currently under scrutiny by Congress were above board. Meanwhile, chief presidenti­al legal counsel Salvador S. Panelo on Wednesday defended Mr. Duterte’s directive requiring Cabinet members to get his permission first before participat­ing in legislativ­e hearings investigat­ing the government’s controvers­ial pandemic deals.

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