I don’t take BS from anybody! Dick blows top over claims Red Cross getting windfall from COVID tests
Senator Dick Gordon is mad after Project ARK medical team leader Dr. Minguita Padilla claimed that Philippine Red Cross is double charging for its testing on members of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
“Wag kayong mainggit Minguita, nasaktan ako sa sinabi mo na bingyan kami ng P100 million ng Philhealth,” said the PRC chair in an online forum just an hour after Padilla made her charges in the same video conference.
Padilla claimed that her driver was charged P4,500 when he took a COVID test in Red Cross, which includes a P500 mandatory fee for the soft copy of results.
Her driver was told to reimburse the amount from PhilHealth which she claimed had already advanced P100 million to Red Cross.
An incensed Gordon said he would show proof of all Red Cross testing made fro government, including 39,000 Coast Guard personnel and the thousands of individuals it served when the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, and Lung Center of the Philippines closed down temporarily.
“Nagkakasakit na nga mga tao namin, ‘yung iba nagka-COVID pa, may namimintas pa na ‘di alam pinagsasabi. I take umbrage to that, I don’t take bullshit from anybody,” he added.
Gordon clarified that the P3,5000 Red Cross tests were for local government units who would take care of swabbing and encoding the results. He said private individuals pay an extra P1,000 for the swabbing, encoding and special certificate.