AUGUST 14, 2019 — A former board member of PhilHealth revealed to senators on Wednesday the names of alleged corrupt officials whom he claimed facilitated funds for ghost treatments.
In a senate hearing, Roberto Salvador Jr. named eight regional officers of what he called the “PhilHealth mafia.” He said the group threatened him not to disclose their identities to President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte earlier ordered PhilHealth Chief Dr. Roy Ferrer to dismiss the agency’s board members following reports of ghost kidney treatments at WellMed Dialysis Center in Quezon City.
Salvador named Paolo Johann Perez, William O. Chavez, Masiding M. Alonto, Dennis B. Adre, Khaliquzzaman M. Macabato, Valerie Anne H. Hollero, Jelbert Galicto and Miriam Grace Pamonag as alleged members of the group.
They denied the corruption allegations, saying they were the ones who reported the anomalous treatments to PhilHealth executives.
“They dismissed me without trial even if I filed a petition before the Civil Service Commission,” Galicto said.
They also belied claims that they refused to be relocated so that they could perpetuate corruption in regional treatment centers.
Resigned PhilHealth chief Ricardo Morales said pinning down the sources of corruption in the agency was difficult.
“It can happen at any point in the process. We have as many as 10 million claims a month,” Morales said.
Some senators, however, considered it as an invalid explanation.
Despite the reported over P100 billion losses from overpayments on ghost treatments, Morales said PhilHealth can still maintain operations while the investigations proceed. The senators were doubtful.
The Senate is set to hold another hearing on the anomalies in PhilHealth on August 27. (Kathryn Jose/JMF)