Lifestyle check on execs of PhilHealth urged

A METRO Manila lawmaker on Wednesday sought a lifestyle check on past and present Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) officials as investigations continue on the alleged corruption within the agency.

Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas said the lifestyle check should cover officials who served at the agency starting 2013.

Based on the Commission on Audit’s findings, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission said last week that Philhealth has lost P153 billion due to fraud and overpayments since 2013.

A thorough investigation of Philhealth officials’ lifestyles, Vargas said, will help authorities identify those who benefited from alleged anomalous schemes that have reportedly been going on for years at the state health insurer.

“Dapat tingnan kung magkatugma ba ang yaman ng mga Philhealth officials sa kanilang suweldo at kita sa mga negosyo, kung meron man.

Any discrepancy is a red flag that should merit further investigation,” said Vargas.

President Rodrigo Duterte warned erring Philhealth officials Monday that he would go after them. He has ordered the creation of a multi-agency task force to look into the “massive corruption” in PhilHealth.

“Para malaman kung sinong yumaman sa Philhealth, the BIR and SEC should work together to look into the registered businesses, if any, of Philhealth officials. The LRA and LTO must be tapped to check the vehicles and properties they have,” Vargas said.

The lawmaker said he is counting on the task force to unmask corrupt Philhealth officials so charges can be filed against them.