SENATOR Cristopher Lawrence "Bong" Go fully suppors calls for a Senate investigation on the alleged "widespread corruption" in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
"Enough is enough. I call on the PhilHealth leadership to put a stop on these issues of anomalies within its ranks. Once and for all, shape up or ship out!" Go said after three of its officials tendered their resignation over the matter.
Go said President Rodrigo Duterte has already ordered a probe into these allegations of corruption within PhilHealth and he also fully support the calls for a Senate probe on the issue.
"Nakailang pagdinig na tayo ukol sa mga problema ng PhilHealth. Kahit noong hindi pa ako Senador ay isyu na ito."
"Ngayon na nasa isang public health emergency ang bansa, mas lalong hindi natin mapapalampas ang patuloy na problema sa ahensyang dapat naniniguradong may universal healthcare access ang mga Pilipino. Sabi nga nila, “especially in times of crises, every single peso counts,” Go added.
As chair of the Senate committee on health and as co-chair of the Congressional oversight committee on the implementation of the UHC law, the senator said we have to ensure the prudent use of PhilHealth funds and guarantee that every Filipino family gets appropriate, accessible, affordable, and quality health services while being protected from financial burden due to sickness.
"Pera po ng taumbayan yan. Ibalik dapat sa kanila sa pamamagitan ng mabilis, maayos at maaasahang serbisyong medikal. Ni piso ay hindi dapat manakaw o masayang," he said.
But in an interview, Philhealth president Ricardo Morales denied irregularities in the agency, and even and dared resigned officials to back their claims of "widespread corruption."
"[Aabot sa] 50,000 transactions ang hina-handle ng PhilHealth araw-araw, palagay ko naman kung hindi corruption ‘yung mga inefficiencies diyan, mali ‘yung pasok [ng entries], kulang. Pero iyong sinasabi na korapsyon na may sindikato, may mafia, wala hong ebidensiya," Morales said in a TV interview.
In a statement, PhilHealth spokesperson Gigi Domingo said the agency does not tolerate corruption.