An online article falsely claimed that the Office of the Ombudsman is set to file charges against re-elected Senator Risa Hontiveros for spreading lies during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigation of the Pharmally funds scam.

On June 22, a website published a story that bore an untrue headline: “NAKARMA na! HONTIVEROS TULOYAN (sic) ng KINASOHAN (sic) ng OMBUDSMAN TRYDOR (sic) at HUDAS sa SENADO NAGULANTANG IYAK! (Bad karma! Hontiveros charged by the Ombudsman; traitors in Senate shocked, wept!)”

A brief text in the erroneous article also said lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel of two Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. executives during the Senate investigation, filed the complaint before the Ombudsman against Hontiveros.

This claim is not true. There are no official records or legitimate news reports stating that charges have been lodged against the senator by the Ombudsman.

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