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Ely Buendia reacts to the PhilHealth corruption issue

“How much are you willing to bet that the Philhealth issue will just go away, like everything else, without any positive action?”

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?”

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.

https://twitter.com/nikkivaldez_/status/1291555872879988736

https://twitter.com/roxsantos/status/1291657283831701504

https://twitter.com/GoyYLarrazabal/status/1292001341473259520

Baka kaya ayaw panagutin kasi may cut. Baka lang naman.

Posted by Dionne Monsanto on Wednesday, August 5, 2020



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