PACC probing 40 names in PhilHealth scandal, filing more cases 'very soon'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 28) — The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating 40 executives and officials over alleged anomalies in PhilHealth, with more cases set to be filed soon.

PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica said the body's independent probe continues despite an initial report pinning blame on resigned PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales and at least six other officials over lapses in releasing reimbursements to hospitals, adding that more leads are being uncovered in the investigation.

Belgica said the PACC is looking into three questionable schemes, namely the overpriced COVID-19 testing benefit packages, overpriced IT projects, and the health insurance agency's misplaced investments worth ₱866 million in common shares, even if PhilHealth is limited to making bets in preferred stocks only.

"There are allegations na 'yung kinikita po doon, pinagpaparte-partehan allegedly ng board of directors. Patuloy po ang imbestigasyon namin diyan... Tinitingnan namin lahat," Belgica said, noting that top executives, members of the board, and regional officers of the agency are under probe by a special group within PACC.

[Translation: There are allegations that the profits from these investments are being divided among the members of the PhilHealth board. Our investigation on that is ongoing...We are looking at all issues.]

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"We will be filing cases to the Ombudsman very soon...We want to get the right documents in place before we submit it to the Ombudsman," he added, citing that they are compiling affidavits and evidence to make sure the charges will stand in court.

The PACC is one of several agencies probing PhilHealth following last year's ghost dialysis patients scam, when a whistleblower exposed a supposed illegal scheme that cost the agency some ₱15 billion.

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