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Para hindi sila gipitin pa: Ping to move for legislative immunity for 2 ‘witnesses’ in PhilHealth probe

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When the Senate resumes its investigation into the corruption surrounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Sen. Panfilo Lacson will move for granting legislative immunity to at least two key witnesses.

Lacson said these include former PhilHealth anti-fraud officer Thorrsson Keith and board member Alejandro Cabading, who the PhilHealth executive committee threatened with legal action.

“Magmo-move ako para ma-grant sila ng legislative immunity nang sa ganoon freewheeling ang kanilang testimony lalo pa may banta na ganyan,” Lacson said in an interview on DWIZ radio Saturday.

He said the two also sent a letter request to Senate President Vicente Sotto III asking for legislative immunity.

Keith and Cabading have provided the Senate with information and documents on the irregularities at PhilHealth.

Lacson noted the threats against witnesses are not new, noting in last year’s probe of a different controversy at PhilHealth, legal action was threatened against the regional vice presidents who testified.

“So I think we owe it to them kasi nag-volunteer sila ng mga dokumento at information, na bigyan naman sila ng certain amount of legal protection ng Senado, ang kanilang ite-testify di pwede gamitin sa kanila in future legal action against them,” Lacson said.

He added this is subject to the approval of the majority fo the members of the Committee of the Whole.

“Motion lang naman ang sa akin. Kung papayagan ng mga kasamahan ko, hindi naman bago sa ginagawa namin ganito, pag meron kaming witnesses na medyo sensitive ang kinalalagyan, binibigyan namin ng legislative immunity,” he said.

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