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Kulong pa rin! NBI refuses to release WellMed owner despite posting bail

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has decided to ignore the demands of WellMed owner Bryan Christopher Sy to be released from detention.

Earlier, the lawyers of Sy wrote a letter to Guevarra and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran that the WellMed owner be freed since under the Revised Penal Code (RPC) an arrested person should be released after 36 hours should no case has been filed in court.

Sy was arrested by the NBI last June10 and presented to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for inquest for estafa concerning the “ghost dialysis” claims before Philhealth.

Guevarra indicated that there was need to act on the demands since the inquest prosecutor has released a resolution which found probable cause to indict Sy with estafa.

“Nothing prevents the accused from applying for bail anytime between the issuance of the resolution finding probable cause and the filing of the information in court,” Guevarra stated.

Also to be charged with Sy are the two whistleblowers, namely, former WellMed employees Edwin Roberto and Liezel Aileen De Leon.

“The investigating prosecutor found that the Wellmed officers conspired in using falsified documents to collect payments from Philhealth for alleged medical services to patients who were already dead,” Justice spokesman and Undersecretary Markk Perete had explained.

The NBI also earlier said the whistleblowers have to be charged before their diacharge as state witnesses is sought before the court.

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