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PhilHealth korap pa rin kahit bago ang boss – Drilon

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Nagpahayag na pagkadismaya si Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon sa pagtalaga kay Arnel de Jesus bilang officer-in-charge ng Philippine Health Insurance Corp (PhilHealth) kasunod nang pagbibitiw ni Ricardo Morales bilang president at chief executive officer.

Bilang Chief Operation Officer ng PhilHealth, si De Jesus umano ang nagpatupad ng kuwestiyonableng Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) kung saan daang milyong pondo ang na-download sa mga non-COVID-19 hospitals.

“It must be remembered that he was the one who kept justifying the download of IRM funds to non-COVID-19 hospitals such as dialysis and maternity clinics. His actions and poor professional judgment were so evident during the hearings of the Committee of the Whole on PhilHealth,” sabi ni Drilon sa isang statement.

“He is the one who said that liquidation is ‘optional’, when PhilHealth should have required hospitals to liquidate the funds immediately as required by COA rules. He signed the illegal liquidation memorandum circular which gave too much discretion to regional directors, which resulted in this financial mess and corruption,” saad pa nito.

Sa pagtalaga ni De Jesus bilang OIC ng PhilHealth, wala rin aniyang magiging pagbabago sa ahensiya at mananatili pa rin ang korapsyon doon.

“There is nothing from his past actions that could justify this decision of the PhilHealth Board to appoint de Jesus. I am extremely concerned about how the Board picked de Jesus. It is going to be the same old story of corruption and incompetence,” ani Drilon. (Dindo Matining)

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