Sen. Panfilo Lacson is hoping a newly resigned official of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will make a turnaround and help further expose corruption in the agency.
Lacson said SVP for operations Augustus de Villa, who appeared at the Senate hearing on the PhilHealth mess last Tuesday, showed signs of being uneasy while his colleagues evaded questions from senators.
“I can only hope that he will be part of an advocacy group within PhilHealth and contribute to exposing more shenanigans based on his personal knowledge,” he said in a text message to reporters.
Still, he said de Villa – “resigned or not” – still has to present to the Senate documents that are covered by a subpoena issued by Senate President Vicente Sotto III.
De Villa, during Tuesday’s hearing, admitted he still had his copy of a resolution awarding a grossly overpriced procurement of 15 network switches.
Lacson earlier bared information that de Villa tore the pages of the resolution.
“I was observing his demeanor the whole time that PhilHealth officials were being unresponsive and evasive in answering even the simplest questions from the senators. I could sense how uneasy and embarrassed he was while hearing what we all heard,” Lacson added.
Lacson also commended de Villa for his honesty in correcting his remark that he had torn the pages of the resolution and admitted the document is still in his possession.