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Buhay reyna! PhilHealth chief Dela Serna spends a year living in P3,800 per night hotel

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A lawmaker was shocked to find out that Philhealth interim president Celestina Dela Serna spent one year living at a hotel worth P3,800 per night instead of renting a condominium unit or apartment in Metro Manila.

Negros Oriental Rep. Arnulfo Teves said he and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had the chance to talk to Dela Serna during an event at the House of Representatives, and they were appalled at her extravagant lifestyle.

“She admitted to staying in the hotel for one year or more… More or less one year sa hotel siya nakatira charged to Philhealth and she said she thought it was okay, that’s why she did it,” he said.

Teves said Dela Serna told him and Alvarez that she stayed at Legend Villas, where rooms are worth at least P3,800 a night.

“Imagine you have a Philhealth president na ganoon?” the lawmaker said.

Teves has filed House Resolution 1928 directing the House committee on Good Government and Public Accountability to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the “gross financial and operational management, corruption, as well as the proliferation of fraud through the creation of ghost members in PhilHealth.”

The lawmaker said the House will look into Dela Serna’s other expenditures at the congressional hearing.

“[O]ur sources have claimed that many such expenses are wasteful and too extravagant,” he said.

The Commission on Audit earlier flagged Dela Serna for spending P627,000 for travels and hotels in 2017 despite Philhealth’s loss of P8.92 billion.