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Guevarra: Duque to cooperate in probe on bogus PhilHealth claims

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III met with Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday (June 25) to show his willingness to cooperate in the probe over bogus claims at the Philhealth.

“Sec. Duque requested a meeting with me and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) this morning to express his willingness and readiness, as Philhealth chair, to cooperate with and extend assistance to the NBI in the conduct of its expanded investigation of alleged ghost claims filed with Philhealth,” Guevarra revealed.

Guevarra has already ordered the NBI to conduct a probe against hospitals and clinics engaged in the bogus claims with Philhealth.

“As to the Philhealth investigation, the NBI will first examine the relevant documents pertaining to payment of fraudulent claims, and then determine who will be summoned for investigation,” he noted.

Though he declined to mention who the NBI might summon, Guevarra earlier said that Duque will also be investigated over the controversy.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has already filed charges against WellMed Dialysis Center owner Bryan Christopher Sy based on the complaint of the NBI which accused him of being involved in “ghost dialysis” claims with Philhealth.

Also named as his co-accused are the whistleblowers, former WellMed employees Edwin Roberto and Liezel Aileen De Leon.

All three were charged with 17 counts of estafa through falsification of public documents before the Quezon City regional trial court.

The NBI earlier said the whistleblowers will have to be charged before prosecutors ask the court to discharge them as state witnesses.

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