AN ARREST ORDER issued against a congressional candidate linked to a controversial company that allegedly sold overpriced medical supplies to the government was suspended for 10 days due to her hospitalization. 

“If Rose Nono Lin is indeed ill and needs to have surgery in a hospital, we are not heartless people to not allow such required procedure to be performed on her,” Senator Richard J. Gordon, Blue Ribbon committee chair, said in statement on Monday. 

Ms. Lin’s lawyers said she is currently under hospital confinement for a surgical procedure. 

The committee issued an arrest order for Ms. Lin and several other individuals for ignoring the subpoena to attend the probe on Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corp., which was awarded P11 billion worth of contracts by the Budget department’s procurement service. 

Mr. Gordon said the investigation will continue as necessary until “the whole truth of the scandal is uncovered and the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

“It must also be emphasized that Rose Nono Lin is not exempt from appearing in the continuing investigation nor will her supposed illness exempt her from justice,” he added. 

The Blue Ribbon committee has released an initial report recommending the filing of charges against Pharmally executives as well as government officials, including President Rodrigo R. Duterte for alleged betrayal of public trust. It is pending approval by the Senate, which is currently on recess. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan