PACC to investigate alleged overpricing of COVID-19 test kits

Following the order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to investigate irregularities regarding the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Office of Commissioner Belgica initiated the investigation on the alleged overpricing in the cost of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s (Philhealth) Covid-19 testing package.

“Sa lahat ng nangyayari sa ating bansa ngayon, makasarili at inutil ang tawag sa taong makakaisip pang magnakaw sa ating mga kababayan. Pati ba naman testing package dodoblehin mo pa ang presyo para lang kumita? Hindi pa ba sapat ang hirap ng dinararanas ng ating mga kapwa Pilipino sa ospital? Makakasiguro po kayong hindi natin ito palalagpasin, lalo na ng Pangulo.” Belgica said.

Belgica averred that the huge price difference of the testing package between Philhealth and Philippine Red Cross is very alarming.

“hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit ganoon kalaki ang discrepancy. Sa Philippine Red Cross, PHP4,000 lang ang testing package pero sa Philhealth, PHP8,150 per testing package. Bakit nagkaganon?”

Meanwhile, Belgica urged the public to report all Covid-19 related corruption and ensured them that such reports shall be acted upon accordingly.

“Sa ating mga kababayan, Pwede nyo po kaming maabot sa pamamagitan ng pag-text sa (0906) 692-7324. Huwag po kayong matakot magsumbong dahil itatago po namin ang inyong pagkakakilanlan. Amin pong pagtutulungan ito ni Senator Bong Go na maimbistigahan, maparusahan at maparating ang katotohanan sa Pangulo,” Belgica concluded. (PIA-IDPD/PACC)

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