Talo pa hotel! Lacson: ‘Admission fee’ for Bilibid hospital for sale up to P2M
Some moneyed inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) pay anywhere between P200,000 and P2 million to be admitted to the Bilibid hospital even if they are not sick, Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed Tuesday (September 10).
Lacson told reporters that hospital passes at NBP could be obtained for a fee as the Senate continues its investigation into the alleged anomalies within the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
“There are reports natanggap namin sa opisina, nag-range from P200,000 to even P2M para ma-confine or ma-admit sa hospital. And meron pang board and lodging amounting to P30,000 a day,” he said.
Lacson said he will ask Senate blue ribbon committee chairman Senator Richard Gordon to invite doctors at the Bilibid hospital to the next hearing on BuCor to find out how the alleged modus works.
“Hindi mangyayari yan kung walang magse-certify na doctor. So we need to find out kung ano ang flow ng communication once an inmate, a PDL (person deprived of liberty) would request confinement in the NBP hospital,” he said.
Lacson recalled that former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste was arrested in 2011 for going in and out of NBP without permit.
He said some inmates prefer to be detained at the hospital instead of cells inside the NBP compound because their movement is less restricted.
“Libre ka, nagpapahinga ka. Sa hospital iba ang environment, iba ang kilos mo,” Lacson said.