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Senate to share documents on PhilHealth mess with task force

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The Senate is willing to share with a DOJ-created task force the documents it has obtained involving the corruption at the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.

Lacson said Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner Greco Belgica appeared more than willing to cooperate at the Senate hearing on the matter Tuesday.

“Simultaneous naman may parallel investigation na ginagawa ang executive branch, may task force, and I hope ishe-share namin lahat nakuha naming document sa task force kung tatanggapin nila,” he told Senate media.

He said Belgica is “more than willing,” adding he could sense even in Belgica’s opening statement that “talagang determinado ang PACC to get to the bottom.”

Lacson said they are trying to unearth who is the real mafia in PhilHealth, as the executive committee and the regional vice presidents accused each other of being the mafia.

But he said resigned official Augustus de Villa may give a closer look into who is the real mafia.

When de Villa was asked his reasons for resigning, he said he was told by PhilHealth president and CEO Ricardo Morales to resign because he lost the trust of the execom.

“Who is Gen de Villa sa PhilHealth? Di ba siya ang dating OIC EVP and COO until na-appoint si Arnel de Jesus? So dapat ang trust and confidence nasa PCEO ng PhilHealth, wala sa execom. Bakit siya pare-resign-in dahil wala nang tiwala ang execom? Di ba dapat ang mawala ng tiwala ang president o board man lang? I think Gen De Villa mas marami pang alam sa sinabi niya kahapon,” Lacson said.

Lacson said de Villa also described a chatroom of the execom members where they discuss plans informally prior to their formal meeting.

“Tama lang din yan to save time. Pero kung tinatago ang paguusap informally para pag may formal discussion na, yan ang masusunod, walang transparency yan at sa mga outside the kulambo, sila rito. Si de Villa maski may gusto siyang i-propose di niya magawa kasi tapos na,” he said.

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