MANILA, Philippines — A retired military general is taking over the scandal-ridden Philippine Health Insurance Corp. PhilHealth officers confirmed that retired general Ricardo Morales went to the agency yesterday to meet with them. “He met and talked with the officers, but he himself told us that he has no official appointment papers yet,” PhilHealth spokesperson Shirley Domingo said in an interview. But Domingo said she heard in the news that President Duterte’s former aide, senator-elect Christopher Go, confirmed Morales’ appointment. A month ago, Morales was also appointed as member of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Board of Trustees. “Maybe his appointment paper (for PhilHealth) was signed after he met with us,” Domingo said. She declined to divulge what Morales discussed with the PhilHealth officers. A source at the agency said Morales also met with officer-in-charge Ruben John Basa. Health Secretary Francisco Duque … [Read more...] about Ex-Army general to head PhilHealth
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DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Duterte ordered the arrest of the owners of a private dialysis center for allegedly claiming payments from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for nonexistent kidney patients who allegedly availed of dialysis procedures even as the Chief Executive set a revamp of PhilHealth officials. The President also wants a deeper probe into the alleged P154 billion worth of fraudulent claims with PhilHealth through the years. Duterte ordered a reorganization of the PhilHealth management in the wake of the scandal, which he said cost the government billions of pesos. “For the sheer amount that was lost, I have to reorganize your entity, change maybe all of you, install more systems of accounting and accountability,” he said. “Bakit umabot ng ganung kalaki without necessary checks along the way?” Duterte directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to arrest the owner of WellMed … [Read more...] about Duterte: Arrest owners of erring dialysis center
INDONESIA RELEASES OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS It’s official. Finally. More than a month after Indonesia staged the largest single-day election in the world, we have the official results. Incumbent President Joko Widodo has beaten challenger Prabowo Subianto by 11 percentage points - more than doubling his winning margin from 2014. The announcement, coming in the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday in Indonesia, had little surprises. Pollsters had unanimously projected Jokowi would prevail with a bigger winning margin shortly after votes were cast. The numbers: At an election with a surprisingly high 80 per cent voter turnout, Jokowi and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin received over 85,607,362 votes, 16.9 m more than Prabowo and running mate Sandiaga Uno’s tally of 68,650, 239. The Jokowi ticket won 21 out of the 24 provinces. A sense deja vu: When these same two candidates contested the last election in 2014 with similar (if less emphatic) outcomes, Prabowo rejected … [Read more...] about Asian Insider May 21: A good week for incumbents in Asia
Before we head to the polls to vote for our senatorial bets, we want to pose a question to all constituents: do we really know what we want out of the personalities we will elect? What does it really mean to earn a seat in our senate halls? In this series of ANCX essays, some of our distinguished writers reflect on the careers of past and present senators who have made the most impact, and created a significant difference. In the Philippine political arena, the name Magsaysay is blue blood. But unlike other local political families, it represents humility and integrity. While he is political royalty, former Senator Ramon “Jun’’ Magsaysay did not sit on his family’s laurels. Instead he made his own legacy, and took the path less travelled when it was easier to just give in to pressure. Armed with impressive credentials and an untainted reputation, Magsaysay took on Senate investigations that a lesser equipped lawmaker … [Read more...] about The Last Good Senator: Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
Praiwan Saelee, who came from Hat Yai in Songkhla province, was last Friday found dead after burning charcoal in a Samut Prakan apartment room. His family have told police that his problems began in January last year when he sought a Bt140,000 loan through a money lender in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao district so he could expand his mobile phone business. In order to secure the loan he gave the man his four-year-old Mazda pick-up truck worth about Bt1 million as collateral and said he’d repay the money within a month. In fact two weeks later, according to his mother in law, Praiwan won Bt200,000 in the lottery and tried to contact the money lender to repay the loan and get back his truck. There was no answer on the phone number he had, however, and the truck has never been seen again. When Praiwan reported the truck as stolen with Chokchai police in Bangkok, he was allegedly instructed to pay a Bt5,000 investigation fee but the probe got nowhere, resulting in stress and … [Read more...] about Distressed man appeals to PM, kills himself