₱15-B stolen by execs? PhilHealth spox says fund not lost to corruption

 By Zion Del Rosario

PHOTO: UNTV

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) downplays allegations over the lost ₱15 billion by explaining it has been promptly accounted by hospitals for the country’s response against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In an interview on CNN Philippines, PhilHealth Spokesperson Rey Baleña clarifies that all amount were spent accordingly.

“Y’ong ₱15 billion na pinaniniwalaan ng ilan na nawawala, ito ay ibinulsa ’di umano. Gusto nating categorically na sabihin sa mga kababayan natin na ito po ay hindi nawawala. Ito po ay tinanggap ng 711 na mga health care facilities sa buong bansa bilang bahagi ng ating COVID[-19] response,” Baleña said on Monday.

He also pointed out that recipients are still liquidating the funds used, while reports on about ₱2 billion are still pending.

“As of late, ay mayroon na pong 87%, o kabuuang ₱13.03 billion ang mga na-liquidate na ng mga ospital. . . . Hindi ito nawawala. Hindi ito ibinulsa. Ito ay napunta sa mga ospital at nagamit sa mga pasyente,” Baleña added.

Meanwhile, he also said that PhilHealth is actively participating in all investigations related to the anomalies on the agency in pursuit to truth.

“Hayaan na po nating gumulong ang mga kaso na ito, at y’ong iba pang nagpapatuloy na imbestigasyon ay kami po ay patuloy na nakikipag-cooperate para malaman ang katotohanan,” he said.


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