In defending herself, the presidency justified the purchase of the 360 blue pills, claiming that they were meant to treat altitude sickness for presidential aides and employees on the South Korean leader’s trips to Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, whose capitals are thousands of metres above sea level.
A Spokesman from the Blue House (the president’s formal residence equivalent to Kenya’s State House) assured that none of the pills had been used during the historic visit.
According to The Guardian, the Viagra revelation comes as Park grapples with a massive political scandal.
The president is now bracing for an impeachment push by opposition parties and some members of her own Saenuri party amid allegations that she let a secretive confidante manipulate government affairs and amass an illicit fortune, a scandal critics say undermines the country’s democracy.
On Wednesday South Korean prosecutors raided offices of the Samsung Group and the state pension fund as the electronics giant was dragged further into the scandal engulfing Park.
The raid comes as Samsung faces allegations it bribed Park’s confidant Choi Soon-Sil to win state approval for a controversial merger it sought in 2015.
Prosecutors visited the group’s Future Strategy Office, which oversees key business decisions, the Yonhap news agency reported.
A Samsung spokesman confirmed the visit by prosecutors but declined to elaborate.
On Sunday prosecutors said they believed Park was collusively involved in the criminal activities of Choi and two presidential aides who allegedly bullied companies into giving tens of millions of dollars to foundations and businesses Choi controlled, and that Choi was allowed to interfere with state affairs.