NBI files new complaint of graft charges to Morales, other PhilHealth execs

  • The NBI filed new charges against Ricardo Morales, former chief of PhilHealth, and several officials and employees
  • The respondents are facing charges in the alleged violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act at the Office of the Ombudsman
  • According to the NBI, the respondents allowed the release of IRM funds to B. Braun Avitum Philippines Inc., a dialysis center

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed a new complaint against the former chief of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), and other executives over irregular fund release.

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Ricardo Morales, former chief of PhilHealth, and several officials and employees, are facing fresh charges as the NBI filed a complaint for alleged violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act at the Office of the Ombudsman.

The officials that were named are Arnel de Jesus, Renato Limsiaco, Israel Pargas, Gregorio Rulloda, Imelda Trinidad de Vera, Lolita Tuliao, Gemma Sibucao, Lailani Padua, Cynthia Camacho, Recto Panti, Maricar Barangtay, and Victoria Gatuz.

The respondents are accused of being involved in the alleged irregular use of Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) funds. According to the NBI, the respondents allowed the release of P33.8 million under the IRM funds to B. Braun Avitum Philippines Inc;, a dialysis center that operates nationwide.

The IRM fund should only be used for events such as outbreaks or pandemic and should not be disbursed to dialysis centers and other similar institutions.

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“Track record of the aforesaid dialysis center revealed that numerous administrative cases for filing of Multiple Claims, Breach of Warranties of Accreditation, claims for non-admitted/non-treated patients and unjustified admission beyond accredited bed capacity were filed against B. Braun Avitum. Despite these red flags, PhilHealth approved the grant of IRM fund to B. Braun Avitum,” the complaint read.

In October last year, Morales and several others were already charged by the NBI with a complaint for questionable grant of cash advances to some medical facilities in the National Capital Region.