Doc in ‘ghost’ dialysis scandal out on bail

June 16, 2019

THE National Bureau of Investigation yesterday released WellMed owner Dr. Bryan Sy who was implicated in the hugely-controversial ghost dialysis treatments involving Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) claims.

Sy’s counsel Atty. Rowell Ilagan confirmed his client’s release from NBI detention at 10:45 am yeterday.

The NBI released Sy after the doctor posted bail of P72,000 and Manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Judge Jerome Jimenez last Saturday ordered him freed.

“Accused, having posted cash bail in the said amount, under O.R. No. 6343449 dated June 15 2019, is hereby ordered released from detention unless he is being held for some other lawful cause,” read the court order.

Sy was tagged in the scam that allegedly collected funds from PhilHealth for dialysis treatments of patients who were discovered to be dead already.

But until Saturday morning Ilagan said his client still remained under the custody of the NBI.

“He posted a cash bail bond in the amount of P72,000. Despite the release order issued by the court, the NBI refused to release Bryan Sy,” Ilagan said.

Lacson on Duque

Senator Panfilo Lacson yesterday said that he never asked President Rodrigo Duterte to sack Health Secretary Francisco Duque III as PhilHealth chairman over the issue of ghost dialysis.

But, he insisted that the secretary should have tendered his resignation on his own initiative.

Lacson lamented the “double standard” exemplified by Duterte when he asked PhilHealth president Roy Ferrer and the board members to submit their courtesy resignations following the ghost dialysis controversy involving WellMed Dialysis Center.

“Hindi man pinag-resign ng Presidente ‘yung chairman, at the very least, siguro [dapat] nag-tender din ng courtesy resignation ‘yung chairman. Tanggapin man o hindi ng Pangulo, nasa Pangulo na ‘yun,” the senator said.

He explained that propriety dictates that being the head of the board, Duque should set an example to his subordinates.

“Manguna ka doon sa paggawa ng ehemplo na mag-tender ka na rin ng courtesy resignation maski hindi hiningi ng Pangulo,” added Lacson.

Lacson said he never asked the President to remove any of his appointees from office. Duque, however, should have on his own offered to resign, he added.

“Never naman ako humingi na magsibak ang Pangulo sa kanyang appointees kasi prerogative niya ‘yan e. Siya naman ang mananagot ultimately kung mag-fail ‘yung kanyang mga ina-appoint,” Lacson said.

“So talagang call niya ‘yun so hindi natin dapat panghimasukan na manawagan tayong sibakin mo ito, sibakin mo ‘yan, dahil responsibilidad niya ‘yun,” he added. 

With Marlon Purificacion