NBI charges Philhealth 7, Chong Hua Hospital officials over anomalous COVID-19 claim

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Published on February 10, 2021

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 filed on Monday criminal charges against 8 officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) Central Visayas and 3 employees of Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City over an alleged anomalous COVID-19 benefits claim.

NBI 7 Director Rennan Augustus Oliva said the charges were related to a claim that involved a patient who died in April 2020 who was not a frontliner and not COVID-19 positive, contrary to what was filed.

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The patient was not a frontliner and was not Covid positive. Based on our investigation, he was unemployed and jobless for 10 years. He tested negative during the Covid test, but the claim still pushed through” Oliva said in a Sun.Star Cebu report.

NBI 7 Director Rennan Augustus Oliva

Hospital denies charges

Chong Hua hospital issued a statement denying irregularities in the handling of Philhealth claims. It said they are confident that a fair and impartial investigation “will vindicate our good name.”

Philhealth, on the other hand, stressed that it follows guidelines in processing claims.

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What they’re saying:

That is just the tip of the iceberg, and I hope that the NBI will continue its investigation. I commend the NBI for having the courage and the patriotism to file that case (because) this is robbing the national government. Kawat man ni harap-harapan.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia during a press conference in Capitol as reported in Sun.Star Cebu

While we are initially disappointed that the National Bureau of Investigation has given these accusations some merit, we are fully confident that a fair, impartial and politically unprejudiced investigation will absolve us of any anomalies, and vindicate our good name.

Chong Hua Hospital in a press statement

COVID-19 numbers

There were 395 new COVID-19 cases in the entire Cebu yesterday: 249 in Cebu City, 96 in Cebu Province, 28 in Mandaue City, and 22 in Lapu-Lapu City. The new numbers bring the total active cases in the entire Cebu to 4,182.

Top Cebu City barangays with active cases
Guadalupe 167
Labangon 81
Apas 77
Talamban 77
Lahug 63
Tisa 63
Barrio Luz 59
Capitol Site 54
Kasambagan 54
Punta Princesa 54
Basak San Nicolas 53
Mabolo 53
Mambaling 44
Sambag 1 43
Inayawan 40
(Source: The Freeman)


Mayor Labella moves to name VM Rama vaccine czar; vice mayor says “no thanks”

After the recent exchange of words on social media between Cebu City’s 2 top officials comes the latest development: Mayor Edgardo Labella is reported to be set to appoint Vice Mayor Michael Rama vaccine czar to oversee Cebu City’s COVID-19 vaccination.

“Thanks, but no thanks. Not needed,” Rama said. He added that he does “not want to be called as vaccine czar.”

READ: Labella names Rama Covid-19 vaccine czar; VM says ‘no thanks’

Meanwhile…

Yesterday, health and law enforcement officials held a simulation for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Cebu. The team completed the simulated transport of vaccines from the airport to the cold storage facilities at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

IN MANILA. An airport cargo hauler pulls “vaccines” that arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City.  Officials of the Inter-Agency Task Force, including vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Customs Commissioner Leonardo Rey Guerrero, attend  the simulation exercise for the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)
IN MANILA. An airport cargo hauler pulls “vaccines” that arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City. Officials of the Inter-Agency Task Force, including vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Customs Commissioner Leonardo Rey Guerrero, attend the simulation exercise for the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

Government should act urgently to help economy, workers

Given this gloom and doom, the government should act with a sense of urgency. And if it has no readily-available solutions then, at the very least, government agencies should not undertake measures that exacerbate the sufferings of both the business sectors and the working class.

Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez: Government should stop hurting the economy and the workers

Guadalupe Sunday lockdown to continue

Strict lockdown and mandatory “stay-at-home” on Sundays will continue to be enforced in Barangay Guadalupe as COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

Hangtud pa gyud mi ani og mogamay na’ng kaso diri og balik. Pero unsaon man pud ni’ng daghan man gihapong mga badlongon, naay uban katulo na namo nadakpan, nindot og prisohon na lang unta ni’g klaro.

Guadalupe Barangay Captain Michael Gacasan

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TRANSPORTATION ISSUES

Cebu Business Park sets up bike lanes to improve road safety.

The 7-kilometer bike lane network spreads on the main streets of Cebu Business Park, which include, Mindanao Ave, Luzon Ave, Cardinal Rosales Ave, Leyte Loop, Samar Loop, Negros Road, Sumilon, and Pescadores.

READ: Cebu Business Park sets up bike lanes for safer roads

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