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Senate eyes new probe on corruption allegations vs PhilHealth

The Senate is eyeing to constitute its Committee of the Whole to further scrutinize the alleged “widespread” corruption inside the Philippine Health Insurance Company (PhilHealth).

In a statement, Lacson said Senate President Vicente Sotto III and members of the majority bloc has been discussing the “unabated corruption and mismanagement” of the state insurance company.

“I am now drafting a resolution calling for a Senate Committee of the Whole inquiry. As expressed by SP Sotto to me last night, this inquiry will be one of the Senate’s top agenda after our session resumes on Monday,” Lacson said.

He mentioned the P1 billion questionable transactions made by the agency as the cause of the reported heated conversation among PhilHealth president and its board members Thursday night.

The lawmaker stated that these figures are from PhilHealth’s internal audit report.

“That such corruption occurred amid the COVID-19 crisis makes it more disgusting and abominable. It is very disgusting. Needless to say, there is urgency that the Senate has to act on the matter immediately, as part of its oversight mandate, having passed the Universal Health Law,” he added.

Lacson also expressed dismay over the new PhilHealth leadership whom he expected to erase all the corrupt activities within the agency.

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