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92% of allegedly stolen P15B funds already liquidated, says PhilHealth chief

 By Gwyneth Morales

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Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) chief Dante Gierran said on Tuesday he had already "liquidated" 92% of the controversial P15 billion "stolen funds."

"Sa totoo lang po, hindi nawawala. Andiyan lang, on record po. Ang utos po ng Senado at ng lower house ay sabi i-liquidate. Sa ngayon po, 92% na ang liquidated. Kakaunti na lang po," the state insurer said in a Palace briefing.

Gierran assured PhilHealth has enough budget to continue its operation despite the pandemic. 

"Kung PhilHealth lang po, we have money. As a matter of fact, sige-sige naman po ang ating collections. May collections naman tayo," he added.

He also affirmed he would not allowed the public's money to be pickpocketed.

"I will not allow that na 'yung pera ng Filipino ay mawala. Galing ako sa NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) po. Hindi puwede mangyari 'yan," he said.

In August last year, PhilHealth officials were accused of stealing P15 billion from the agency. 

Gierran, a former NBI chief who doesn't know about public health, then replaced retired general Ricardo Morales as PhilHeath chief.


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