IT is another blatant, scandalous instance of the previous regime’s culture of impunity in violating budget laws.
Just a few months before he step down from power, former President Benigno Aquino 3rd in connivance with his budget secretary, Florencio Abad, and health secretary, Janette Garin, hijack P10.6 billion in funds that were mandate by law to be use for the insurance premiums of the country’s 7 million senior citizens, according to government documents.*
This P10.6billion was rather dispense to questionable wellbeing office extends that Congress had not
approved. Best case scenario, these tasks were intend to help the Liberal Party’s applicants’ odds in
the 2016 races, by prettifying the organization’s picture as dealing with residents’ wellbeing needs.
Best case scenario however—and most likely their genuine nature—the undertakings were of the sort
that since the Republic’s establishing have been broadly know as a wellspring of simple debasement:
development of little structures hard to screen on the off chance that they conformed to details, or regardless
of whether they were work by any stretch of the imagination.
P3 billion the Aquino group spent
Hence P10.6 billion seize stores are triple the P3 billion the Aquino group spent to purchase the flaw
Dengvaxia immunization. The previous president’s unreasonable race to buy it, to the point of disregarding
spending laws, has raised across the board doubt of debasement as commissions.
The Department of Justice, as it is doing on account of the Dengvaxia buy, ought to assemble a greater group
to explore this charged capturing of assets, that assuming genuine, has jeopardized the Philippine Health
Insurance Corp’s. funds and took a chance with the welfare of the nation’s 7 million senior residents,
the most defenseless segment of its grown-up citizenry.
Furthermore Two laws had requested the legislature to raise this P10.6 billion to subsidize senior natives’ protection
premiums for 2015 with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth).