Senate President Vicente Sotto III revealed that at least four officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) are going to testify in the Senate’s upcoming investigation on the anomalies within the agency.
Sotto said that Thorrsson Montes Keith, the anti-fraud legal officer who recently tendered his resignation from PhilHealth, expressed interest in appearing before the Senate Committee of the Whole which would probe into his claim of “widespread corruption” in the agency. At least three more “officials” have also reached out to senators to speak about the alleged schemes in the PhilHealth.
“Ikinalulungkot ko na kung kailan nababalot sa pandemya ang bansa — di lang ang bansa, ang buong mundo — saka naman lumalabas ang mga issues na ito. Kaya lang di natin pwedeng isantabi, ‘di pupwede yong sinasabi ng iba na, ‘Hindi, iyong pandemic muna’. Eh papaanong gagawin natin, dahil may mga krimen o kababalaghan na nangyayari dahil may pandemic ‘di natin aasikasuhin?,” Sotto asked.
Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson is set to file a resolution on Monday to ask the Senate to convene the Committee on the Whole to look into the alleged corruption schemes within the PhilHealth, which includes the alleged mismanagement of funds as well as overpricing.