Music artist and OPM icon Ely Buendia joined the rising number of celebrities speaking up about the Philhealth anomalies.
In a tweet, Ely believed that just like other corruption issues in the government, the Philhealth mess will just be forgotten without anyone being held accountable for it.
“How much are you willing to bet that the Philhealth issue will just go away, like everything else, without any positive action?”
How much are you willing to bet that the Philhealth issue will just go away, like everything else, without any positive action?
— Ely Buendia (@elybuendia9001) August 12, 2020
Buendia’s comment may have coincided with the recent pronouncements from the Palace and Sen. Bong Go saying the President continues to trust Philhealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales.
“As of now, nabanggit niya (Duterte) sa akin na malaki pa ang tiwala niya kay Gen. Dick Morales. Sa kanyang integridad,” said Go.
“The President has said that he will not fire him unless there’s evidence and I think the Senate now is in the process of documenting this evidence,” said Malacanang spokesperson Harry Roque.
The President, his allies, and his supporters have been quite silent about the Philhealth issues compared to other issues where the President has been passionately angry.
Philhealth is currently at the center of controversy for being involved in its largest corruption scandal to date.
At the recent Senate hearing, former Philhealth official Thorrsson Keith said Philhealth corruption involved at least 15 billion of public funds being stolen by the corrupt officials.
According to Keith, the funds are stolen through fraudulent schemes operated by the state insurer’s “mafia-like” syndicate that mostly composed of PhilHealth executive committee members.
“I believe, based on my investigation, that the (public) money that had been wasted or stolen was more or less P15 billion,” he said.
Another former Philhealth official, Alejandro Cabading, also revealed the overpriced budget proposals for information and communications technology projects which amounted to 2.1 billion pesos.
Meanwhile, here are other reactions from celebrities about the Philhealth corruption mess.
nakakabingi ang katahimikan ano. tsssss pic.twitter.com/GtviWiuIkW
— DJ Jhaiho (@mor1019jhaiho) August 7, 2020
Gusto ko, magalit din sa mga Involved sa corruption sa Philhealth ang 70 congressmen. Bakit nakabibinging katahimikan?
— ogie diaz (@ogiediaz) August 6, 2020
Sa totoo lang, kung walang nagreklamo o sumigaw wala tayong kaalam alam na bilyong piso na pala ang ninakaw sa kontribusyon natin sa PhilHealth.
“Tumahimik ka na lang, alam nila ang ginagawa nila.”
Kaya hindi, hindi pwedeng magbulag bulagan kung may mali sa ginagawa nila.
— Kevin Manalo (@kevinmanalo_) August 8, 2020
Kanya-kanyang palusot para 'di umattend sa Senate hearing on PhilHealth and corruption. May Zoom na po. Hindi kailangan ng wheelchair para sumagot sa mga tanong.
— The Professional Heckler (@hecklerforever8) August 8, 2020
Baka kaya ayaw panagutin kasi may cut. Baka lang naman.
Parusahan ang mga magnanakaw sa Philhealth. Ikulong! PAGDUSAHIN. Pakainin ng tae ang mga fotaenang yan! Pagsama samahin ang lahat ng laway ng mga may sakit at ipainom sa kanila. Walang kompa-compassion sa mga demonyo! Mga ulul! Sumakit tuloy ang ulo ko! Akin na ang Saridon!
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) August 5, 2020