Graft charges filed vs PhilHealth executivesFormer Malacañang spokesman Harry Roque on Thursday filed graft and corruption charges against former and current top executives of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) before the Office of the Ombudsman. According to Roque, he filed the complaint, in his own capacity as a private citizen, as a PhilHealth member and as principal author of the Universal Health Care Act to seek criminal accountability of top officials, who according to him were the real mafia in PhilHealth. “Ito po ay unang kaso lamang. Lahat po ng totoong mafia d’yan sa PhilHealth, kakasuhan namin (This is only the first case. We will file charges against all true members of the mafia in PhilHealth),” Roque said, adding that he was planning to file other cases against the PhilHealth executives.The complaint was based on an unlawful “reversing and modifying” and “obstruction of the execution” of a Court of … [Read more...] about Graft charges filed vs PhilHealth executives
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Liza still in therapy for finger injuryOnly when his hands are full does Vignettes never get to catch talent manager-cum-comedian Ogie Diaz online. But almost in perpetuity, Ogie pops out at the drop of a hat whenever we bug him on Facebook Messenger most especially on his career-related concerns. Showbiz circles know too well that Ogie is synonymous with one of ABS-CBN’s prized gems Liza Soberano, his ward, who’s still in the US for treatment of her injured finger.Curious about her condition, we requested Ogie to give us Liza’s latest medical bulletin (since we know that his recent trip to Los Angeles had a lot to do with looking after the young actress). For all her fans to know, Liza is still being monitored after a new antibiotic has been administered through her PICC line.To make us better understand what it meant, Ogie tagged a series of photos showing a patient (not exactly Liza) whose either arm is inserted with PICC (for peripherally inserted central … [Read more...] about Liza still in therapy for finger injury
MANILA, Philippines — The finger-pointing among former and present officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) over a multibillion-peso corruption scandal could be simply a case of two “mafias” fighting over spoils from the state insurance firm, senators said yesterday. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Sen. Panfilo Lacson, in separate interviews, gave their initial assessment of the hearing last week into the P153-billion estimated losses of PhilHealth allegedly due to inefficiencies, overpayments and “ghost claims,” among others. The ongoing inquiry is being jointly held by the Senate Blue Ribbon and health committees, chaired by Senators Richard Gordon and Christopher Go, respectively. “One way to find out if this (fighting over PhilHealth funds) is the case is the paper trail, or the movement of documents where the many anomalies happen, and where there are irregular disbursement of funds,” Lacson told dzBB. … [Read more...] about PhilHealth: 2 ‘mafias’ fighting over spoils?
Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin state features impassable, impossibly beautiful Himalayan topography along its border with Tibet, the once-sovereign nation annexed by China. On the southeastern frontier lies Yunnan, never in question as a Chinese province. Lately, the Kachin ethnic minority is feeling even more hemmed in. A source with the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) says China has recently stepped up patrols and has destroyed bridges spanning the river that marks the border with Yunnan. The effect has been to seal off many informal passes that serve as essential lifelines between the populations, and increasing isolation for the section of the state controlled by the KIO, a move that serves the dark intentions of the army of Myanmar. Taking rough roads and fording the river in mid-April with a few Free Burma Rangers – an advocacy group working to expose army abuses and provide humanitarian assistance to displaced persons – it becomes … [Read more...] about Kachin by dim light