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Buking! Ping exposes PhilHealth mafia’s game plan at Senate probe

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Lie. Evade. Stall. Repeat.

This was in a nutshell the plan of the so-called mafia at the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in dealing with questions at the Senate hearing on corruption in the agency, Sen. Panfilo Lacson bared Wednesday.

“Somebody from PhilHealth had informed us (that) ang strategy nila pag tinanong nyo pagkahaba-haba ng sagot para mapagod kayo at para umabot sa oras na mag-a-adjourn na kayo. Tapos di yan sasagot nang diretso. Paiikot-ikutin kayo niyan. Gagamitan kayo ng terminologies na pwedeng di nyo maintindihan,” Lacson said.

He said the senators, forearmed with the information, did not fall for the tactics at Tuesday’s hearing.

“Kaya if you noticed yesterday pag medyo mahaba ang kanilang sagot kina-cut namin. We were made aware ng kanilang strategy,” he said.

Lacson said the mafia even tried character assassination by trying to discredit the whistleblowers, but the senators were also prepared for that by not accommodating their attacks.

Still, Lacson said they were stunned by the “irresponsive” answers from the PhilHealth resource persons.

“Tuwing tatanungin sila, they were beating around the bush, hindi diretso ang sagot,” he said.

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