CIBAC solons seek probe into alleged corruption in Philhealth

Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party List Representatives Deputy Speaker Bro. Eddie Villanueva and Domeng Rivera abhor the alleged corruption issue hounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) that led to the resignation of some of its officials.

“The recent resignation and crying foul of some PhilHealth officials over widespread corruption in the state health insurer is very abominable now especially during this pandemic that the government is channeling hefty hundreds of billions of funds to this agency. It is very disgusting that unabated corruption in PhilHealth is continuously plundering not only government funds but also its members’ contribution during this state of health emergency. It’s a sin not to take serious actions to address this issue,” said Deputy Speaker Villanueva.

“CIBAC vows to make sure this issue will not pass unaddressed and unresolved. We will file a resolution calling for congressional investigation over the systemic corruption in PhilHealth. We must let the axe fall to whom it must so that people will not be robbed of the services and funds they deserve,” said Villanueva.

Reports surfaced on Sunday that some officials of PhilHealth resigned after a heated argument in a zoom meeting where alleged corrupt practices in the agency were revealed. One of those who resigned is identified as Atty. Thorrsson Montes Keith, who is PhilHealth anti-fraud legal officer.

Last year, the agency was put into a corruption scandal over dialysis claims and payments, amounting to millions of pesos, made by dead and/or ghost patients through WellMed Dialysis Center, a PhilHealth-accredited health service provider.

“With the on-ongoing state of health emergency due to our battle against the coronavirus, I am sure the government is inclined to put more funds into this agency for the implementation of the Universal Health Care law. It is a must that the government takes necessary action to clean, if not revamp, PhilHealth to make sure that funds funneled to it will surely be translated to services to the Filipino people,” said CIBAC solon Domeng Rivera.