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Mas marami pa nagkakasakit! Malasakit Centers a political front than a medical outlet, Lagman says

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Opposition Cong. Edcel Lagman (Albay) questioned the legal basis of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for funding the “Malasakit Centers” in various areas in the country.

During Friday’s deliberation for the proposed 2020 National Expenditure Program (NEP), Lagman asked PCSO General Manager Royina Garma to “make a thorough validation and investigation of the operations of these Malasakit Centers,” a pet project of Sen. Christopher Go when the latter was still the top presidential aide.

According to Lagman, Malasakit Center is just “political front and a partisan activity” of those who spearheaded the program.

Lagman told Garma to inspect the effectiveness of Malasakit Centers’ ground operations after hearing several complaints from those who previously availed the program.

“Ang balita ko mas maraming nagkakasakit because of the Malasakit Centers,” Lagman added.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC, during the campaign period, ordered the removal of the Malasakit Center program’s posters and tarpaulin that had the images of Go and President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meanwhile, Garma defended the allotment being given by PCSO to Malasakit Centers, saying that the agency is not funding the center but rather the patients “who ask for medical assistance.”

“We don’t give the fund to the center,” said Garma.

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