Outspoken Senators have hinted that the PhilHealth’s alleged mafia tentacles might have also wrought havoc in the Ilocos. They were referring to the discovered roof leak in one of the PhilHealth offices in this northern region.
The Senators suspected something fishy about the reported crevice in the ceiling of the PhilHealth regional office in the light of the alleged multi-billion-peso anomalies at the PhilHealth turf.
Was it a man-made hole at the rooftop or the roofing itself naturally rusted away in the course of time but nobody seemed to fix it for a dubious reason?
If there’s truth to the Senators’ suspicion that the roof leak was intentional, it’s understandable that when it rained cats and dogs during the past days of this wet season, computers and equipment at the said PhilHealth office might have suffered water damage allegedly destroying vital documents and pieces of evidence.
“It seems the so-called mafia has called on the cleaners,” the bearded Senate President Vicente Sotto III said on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.
Joining the truth-seeking fray were Senators Bong Go, who chairs the health committee, Senator Panfilo Lacson, and Senate Majority leader Juan Miguel Zubiri.
“I don’t want to preempt the results of the investigation, but we must find out if this leak was just the results of rains, negligence or intent to destroy documents,” Go said.
Lacson had already sought the help of the NBI and PACC to probe whether the leak was done by force or not.
To safeguard important documents, Zubiri urged the Palace and the Ombudsman to appoint trustworthy OICs at the PhilHealth.
The PhilHealth uproar is no joke. It needs a painstaking effort to save this government health insurance agency from a tragic end. The millions of poor patients depend upon the PhilHealth benefits to offset hospital bills. If there is no other Good Samaritan out there, who else can come to the succor of the sick indigents.#