21 PhilHealth execs sued before DOJ

Government agents on Wednesday filed formal charges against 21 officials and employees of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) implicated in the hugely-controversial ghost dialysis treatment scam before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Vicente de Guzman III disclosed the Philhealth officials were charged with violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Republic 10606 or the National Health Insurance Act of 2013, and Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

De Guzaman said the respondent-Philhealth officials and employees were members of the Accreditation Sub-Committee from PhilHealth Regional Office National Capital Region(PRO-NCR).

They are:

1. Dr. Rizza Majella L. Herrera
2. Dr. Bernadette C. Lico
3. Dr. Janice Gem P. Perlas
4. Dr. Leilani Cherillina Joy V. Asprer
5. Dr. Rofien Ison
6. Dr. Manuel Lampitoc
7. Atty. Recto M. Panti
8. Mr. Henry V. Almanon
9. Dr. Jeffrey C. Pe
10. Ms. Cheryl P. Welan
11. Ms. Lolita V. Tuliao
12. Dr. Quintin T. Callueng
13. Atty. Mary Grace G. Delos Santos
14. Ms. Maricel Maglalang
15. Ms. Susan Rebecca Romero
16. Ms. Yvonne A. Fernandez
17. Dr. Katrina Marie J. Aguilar
18. Dr. Cynthia P. Camacho
19. Dr. Imelda Trinidad De Vera-Pe
20. Dr. Arsenio D. Alcantara
21. Dr. Letecia Gay D. Aguda

De Guzman claimed the respondents allegedly approved the 2019 accreditation of WellMed Dialysis and Treatment Center despite investigation by the PhilHealth’s Fact-Finding Investigation and Enforcement Department on the allegedly fraudulent claims of the company.

Despite a recommendation to withdraw WellMed’s accreditation, the PhilHealth’s Accreditation Sub-Committee still processed its claims, he continued.

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