Villanueva: It’s a sin not to take action to address PhilHealth issue

Eduardo “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva
DEPUTY Speaker and Citizens Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list Rep. Eduardo “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva

DEPUTY Speaker and Citizens Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list Rep. Eduardo “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva on Saturday sought a congressional probe into the latest alleged corruption issue in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) that led to the resignation of some its officials.

“The recent resignation 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 Villanueva, founder of Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JIL Church).

“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,” Villanueva pointed out.

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 are 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 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 heath 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 Rep. Domeng Rivera for his part.