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Whistle-blowers in Philhealth-Wellmed scam arrested

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Lawyer Harry Roque is requesting the Ombudsman to take over so the whistle-blowers can qualify as state witnesses

ARRESTED. Whistleblowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto (1st and 2nd from left, in the background) are arrested over estafa cases related in the Philhealth-Wellmed ghost dialysis scandal. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on Philhealth, DOH corruption allegations

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Philhealth allegedly continues paying WellMed Dialysis Center even after its accreditation was suspended because of its involvement in a scam

PhilHealth officials: NBI accusations 'sweeping, irresponsible, insensitive'

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

PhilHealth officials accused of failing to flag fraudulent claims of the Wellmed Dialysis Center, say the NBI copied their names from a harmless document without investigating them

NBI files graft complaints vs 21 Philhealth officials over Wellmed scam

Aug 28, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The officials hold different positions in the accreditation committee of Philhealth

COA approves special audit of Philhealth funds – Drilon

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Senate Minority Franklin Drilon also says the Commission on Audit will conduct an 'accurate review' of the actuarial life of Philhealth

Ex-Philhealth officials, 'Mindanao group' trade allegations at Senate hearing

Aug 14, 2019 - 6:54 PM

The group, composed mostly of Philhealth regional vice presidents, are reportedly known in the government agency for their clout. Members of the group call themselves 'anti-fraud crusaders.'

PHILHEALTH MAFIA? 4 of the alleged 7 members of PhilHealth mafia appeared before the senate blue ribbon committee which is investigating the anomalies in PhilHealth. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson to 'test' Duterte's crackdown on corruption

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says official action on his exposés on anomalies in government would show whether the President's anti-corruption vow is just 'lip service or a serious call to arms'

TEST. Senator Panfilo Lacson says the President's call to end corruption is a test. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WellMed received payments from PhilHealth despite suspension

Jul 29, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the dialysis center was even paid ‘with record speed’ of just two days at the time when the fraud was already made public

COA to Philhealth regional officials: Return P34-M illegal bonuses

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Commission on Audit denies the petitions for review filed by Philhealth regional offices in Metro Manila and Soccsksargen

Angara wants Senate probe into Philhealth scam

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the probe would help craft policies to 'prevent such fraud' and 'conduct a review of the fund utilization' of the government corporation

Duque volunteers to be investigated by DOJ in ongoing PhilHealth probe

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Even though he was not being probed, the health secretary asks the DOJ to investigate him

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque asks the DOJ to include in tis investigation his family-owned property leased to PhilHealth in Dagupan City,  Pangasinan. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: PhilHealth’s problems started during Hontiveros' term – Garin

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:34 PM

The former health secretary said they spotted fraudulent schemes way back in 2006. Hontiveros was not yet part of PhilHealth then

Ricardo Morales named PhilHealth president

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) From being appointed to the MWSS, retired army general Ricardo Morales has been tapped to head the embattled PhilHealth

Manila court orders release of Wellmed owner

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is the constitutional right of our client to post bail and be released accordingly, without any conditions,' says Bryan Sy's lawyer Rowell Ilagan

Wellmed owner Brian Christopher Sy been escort by the NBI personnel to Manila RTC at NBI Headquarters in Manila on 11 June 2019. NBI was ordered by Manila RTC to summon the Wellmed Dialysis Center owner Brian Sy. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gov't to run after corrupt health providers, PhilHealth officials – Duque

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:58 PM

'Tama na ang hocus pocus...I will ensure that justice will be served to those who defraud the system,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque hits fraudulent payments made over 'ghost' kidney treatments. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Why doctor in Philhealth scandal is still detained despite warrantless arrest

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:42 AM

’It is unclear what the basis is,’ says law professor Ted Te who also called a court’s habeas corpus ruling ‘confusing’

IN DETENTION. Wellmed Dialysis Center owner Dr Bryan Sy will remain in detention despite a warrantless arrest. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

After reshuffle, PhilHealth COO Ruben Basa to take over as officer-in-charge – Duque

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque II assures the public PhilHealth's services would not be affected by the reshuffle and change in leadership

Dialysis center staff face fraud charges, but not Philhealth officials

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Complaints of estafa and falsification of documents are filed against 10 employees of the Wellmed Dialysis Center, including the two whistleblowers

PHILHEALTH SCANDAL. Dr Bryan Sy (center) of Wellmed Dialysis Center faces complaints of estafa and falsification of documents before the Department of Justice. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte asks doctor-businessman Jaime Cruz to be PhilHealth president

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Dr Jaime T. Cruz, CEO of the JTC Group of Companies, is yet to accept the President's offer

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) officials led by its acting president, Dr. Roy Ferrer, during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Doctor tagged in Philhealth scandal arrested without warrant

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Dr Brian Sy, an owner of the dialysis center that allegedly charged Philhealth for the treatment of ghost patients, is arrested when he shows up at the NBI on a subpoena

WARRANTLESS ARREST. The National Bureau of Investigation arrests without a warrant one of the owners of the WellMed Dialysis Center tagged in the ghost claims Philhealth scandal. Photo by Angie de Silva

Duterte asks PhilHealth acting president, board members to resign

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) But President Rodrigo Duterte will still need to accept their resignation. Malacañang gives assurances PhilHealth services will not be hampered.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 1, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Drilon calls for special audit of PhilHealth funds

Jun 08, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon also says the Senate minority bloc will file a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged payment of PhilHealth funds for 'ghost' kidney treatments

SENATE MINORITY LEADER. Senate Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon wants an investigation into the alleged anomalies in PhilHealth. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte eyes reshuffle at PhilHealth

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:46 AM

(UPDATED) The planned reshuffle stems from allegations that the government agency paid for the dialysis treatment of patients who were already dead or had completed their treatment

Duterte orders PhilHealth to run after employees in 'ghost' kidney treatments

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:18 PM

PhilHealth management must pursue criminal complaints against officials and employees involved in the alleged scam, says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 2019 Eid'l Fitr Celebration at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on June 6, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Hontiveros seeks probe into PhilHealth payment of 'ghost' kidney treatments

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says the payments for dead patients robbed patients who would have benefited from the treatments

PhilHealth reminder: Confinement due to measles covered by benefits

Feb 09, 2019 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Patients with no PhilHealth are also entitled to some benefits when they are confined due to measles

MEASLES. Families with measles patients crowd the Pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila following the declaration of a Measles outbreak in some provinces of Luzon and Visayas and the NCR by the Department of Health on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOF urges lawmakers to speed up alcohol excise tax hike

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:55 PM

While both tobacco and alcohol saw excise tax hikes back in 2012, the Department of Finance says alcohol lags behind in revenue contribution

Senator Sonny Angara, chair of the Committee on Ways & means, together with Senator Manny Pacquiao, listen to resource persons during the public hearing on the proposed measure increasing the excise tax rates on alcohol products. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB  Senator Sonny Angara, chair of the Committee on Ways & means, together with Senator Manny Pacquiao, listen to resource persons during the public hearing on the proposed measure increasing the excise tax rates on alcohol products. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

Another PhilHealth acting president accused of corruption

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Employees tell the Ombudsman PhilHealth acting president and CEO Roy Ferrer continued to be reimbursed by PhilHealth as a private doctor while receiving salaries and allowances as its board member

INVESTIGATION. PhilHealth Acting President Roy Ferrer faces a complaint filed by his own employees before the Ombudsman. Photo from PhilHealth

PWDs may soon receive mandatory PhilHealth coverage

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The House of Representatives approves its version of the bill on October 8, while the Senate already gave its nod to the measure in July

UNIVERSAL HEALTH. Persons with disabilities call for automatic PhilHealth coverage for their sector. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COA to ex-PhilHealth execs: Return P51M in unauthorized perks

Oct 07, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Commission on Audit says contributions of PhilHealth members 'are treated as a trust fund and, thus, should be managed and protected with utmost integrity'

Misleading: COA 'orders Hontiveros' to return illegal PhilHealth bonuses

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:07 PM

COA does not name any board member as being responsible for the PhilHealth disallowances; Hontiveros became member only after the illegal releases

COA to PhilHealth: Return P164-M illegal perks

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:47 AM

The Commission on Audit reminds PhilHealth that its operating fund is mainly sourced from members' contributions which 'should be managed and protected with utmost integrity'

Garin denies PhilHealth seniors' fund diverted to Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Former health chief Janette Garin and Heath Undersecretary Roger Tong-an say the final source of funds for the project came from the health department’s miscellaneous personnel benefits fund

DENIED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin denied funds from PhilHealth were waived in favor of establishing health units nationwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PhilHealth should cover psychiatric consultation fees – Angara

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The recent deaths of food journalist Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade have sparked calls to strengthen mental health policies worldwide

CONSULT. Seeking the help of trained professionals is an important step in the early prevention and treatment of mentail illness.

PhilHealth, Duterte news, Domeng | Evening wRap

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:29 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

Employees hold nationwide vigil to protest PhilHealth mismanagement

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:21 PM

(UPDATED) From Luzon to Mindanao, employees unite to protest the grave abuses inside the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. They send photos deliberately blurred to hide their identities.

SHOW OF FORCE. PhilHealth employees nationwide wear black shirts in protest of the mismanagement of the agency.

Newsbreak Chats: Calida contracts and other top stories for May 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: One year since the Marawi siege and corruption scandals hounding Solicitor General Jose Calida, former Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano, and former PhilHealth Interim President Celestina De la Serna

De la Serna, Ubial face graft complaints over Philhealth travels

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:59 PM

The complainants accuse former health secretary Paulyn Ubial of signing disbursement vouchers to pay for the travels of erstwhile PhilHealth interim president Celestina de la Serna

COMPLAINTS. Former health secretary Paulyn Ubial and sacked Phillhealth interim president Celestina De la Serna face three counts each of graft, malversation and falsification of public documents.

De la Serna remains PhilHealth board member – Malacañang

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:25 PM

This despite President Duterte firing her from the top PhilHealth post for excessive spending of public funds and PhilHealth's P8 billion net income loss during her watch

Duterte replaces embattled PhilHealth OIC De la Serna

Jun 04, 2018 - 3:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) PhilHealth board member Roy Ferrer takes the place of PhilHealth interim president Celestina de la Serna amid controversy surrounding her excessive hotel stays and travel expenses

House to investigate PhilHealth OIC's excessive travels, hotel stays

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Surigao Del Norte 2nd District Representative Johnny Pimentel says he will schedule a probe in August into the lavish lifestyle of PhilHealth interim president Celestina De la Serna

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Garin, Padilla face graft complaint over P10.6-B PhilHealth seniors' fund

May 29, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former health secretary Janette Garin and ex-PhilHealth CEO Alex Padilla deny the accusation, saying there was no money lost or stolen when they used the fund to establish health centers nationwide

PhilHealth OIC says she's out 'to protect people's money'

May 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'Let me assure you that I am here in PhilHealth... to ensure that every peso translates to better healthcare of our people,' says PhilHealth OIC Celestina de la Serna, who has been criticized for spending over P600,000 for travels in just a year in office

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Contrary to OIC claim, PhilHealth rents housing for its officers

May 13, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Documents and photos contradict the claim of interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna that PhilHealth 'doesn't have a service apartment' so she has to stay in hotels

PhilHealth's De la Serna: Rappler report on travel expenses 'not fake news'

May 08, 2018 - 8:06 PM

'Ano po ba yung lumabas na story? If it is the COA Observation Memorandum, it is documented so it's not fake news,' says PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna

CONFIDENT. PhilHealth Interim President Celestina de la Serna says she is ready to face President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss the issue of her travel expenses. Photo by Rappler

PhilHealth’s De la Serna welcomes probe, but begs Duterte to hear her out

May 08, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Rappler first reports that Celestina De la Serna incurred at least P627,000 worth of trips to and from Bohol amid PhilHealth's P9-billion net loss in 2017

READY. PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna says she is ready to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

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May 08, 2018 - 11:32 AM

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Duterte to investigate PhilHealth OIC over travels

May 07, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Resident auditors at PhilHealth also ask Dra. Celestina De la Serna to explain her receipt of allowances and per diem, which would amount to almost a million pesos, including the travel expenses

HALF A MILLION. In just a year as PhilHealth interim president, Dra Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna has spent at least P600,000 for her travels to and from her hometown in Bohol. Photo from PhilHealth website

PhilHealth OIC seeks meeting with Duterte to defend trips

May 06, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'If somebody from Malacañang is watching, I am waiting for the President to call me or if I can set an appointment with him, at least hear my side,' says PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna

JV Ejercito to Duterte: Sack 'callous' PhilHealth OIC

May 03, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'It is the height of callousness for the interim Philhealth president to be spending that much money,' says Senate health committee chair Joseph Victor Ejercito, in response to an audit report flagging Celestina Ma Jude De la Serna's steep travel expenses

HEALTH COMMITTEE CHAIR. Senator JV Ejercito, chairman of the Senate health committee. File photo from Senate PRIB