FORMER Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) employee Thorrsson Montes Keith told the Senate on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, that a “mafia” had stolen around P15 billion from the state-owned company.
“Naging kultura na po nito ay ang pagtatalaga ng mga sindikato o ‘mafia’ ng kanilang kasamahan, kasabwat, o kapwa sindikato sa mga matataas na posisyon na nakakatulong sa kanilang iligal na operasyon,” Keith told the Senate committee of the whole, which launched its investigation into alleged PhilHealth corruption Tuesday .
According to Keith, PhilHealth president and CEO Ricardo Morales once asked him to talk to Presidential Anti-Corruption Commissioner (PACC) Greco Belgica in a bid to settle the case on overpriced Covid-19 testing kits.
“May pagkakataon na inutusan ako ni Morales na puntahan ko si PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica para hilutin ang kaso ng overpriced Covid-19 testing kits. Inayawan ko po ito,” he said.
PhilHealth board member Alejandro Cabading also testified against Morales, saying he supported a proposed supplemental budget for the purchase of overpriced ICT (information and communications technology) items in April.
Cabading showed a list of the overpriced items compared to the amounts approved under the information system plan of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, as follows: