Sat. Jan 23rd, 2021

A councilor from Lopez municipality in Quezon province has filed a complaint before the Department of Justice-led Anti-Task Force Against Corruption against Rep. Angelina Tan of the Fourth District of Quezon and her husband for alleged graft related to fund releases by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to RAKKK Prophet Medical Center that the spouses allegedly own.

In a complaint dated Dec. 2, 2020, Lopez (Quezon province) Councilor Arkie Manuel Yulde said Rep. Tan and husband Ronel, the Department of Public Works and Highways regional director (RD) for Ilocos Region (Region 1), actually own RAKKK Prophet Medical Center in Gumaca, which received P12.063 million from PhilHealth through the agency’s Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Yulde asked the DOJ anti-graft task force to probe the Tan couple for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices ACT(Republic Act 3019 ).

The councilor said that Rep. Tan used her influence to get IRM funds for the RAKKK hospital, allegedly owned by her and her family amounting to P12.063 million from PhilHealth since she is the chairman of the House Committee on Health.

Yulde also said that Rep. Tan “called or summoned” on “several occasions” certain official connected to PhilHealth before the release of the “irregular, illegal and invalid” IRM funds to RAKK Prophet Medical Center.

Earlier, the Senate conducted an investigation on Philhealthoffcials for the release of funds under the IRM program. The Senate Committee found the funds under the IRM were illegally and irregularly disbursed by Philhealth officials inspite of not being approved by the Board of Directors thus invalid.

In the Senate Committee Report, it noted that Philhealth did not have “any legal justification” when it implemented the IRM as early as March 2020 because the standard operating procedures (SOP) were only disseminated in April 22, 2020, or a month after the memorandum circular on the IRM was issued on March 21, 2020.

That within the gap from the release of the IRM circular to the issuance of the SOP, 279 hospital already received IRM funds which the Senate Committee deemed the release of the funds to these hospitals from March 25 untilJune 9, 2020 as irregular, illegal and invalid.

Aside from the Senate Committee, the DOJ Task Force also found that the release of IRM funds as illegal and invalid for which Philhealth officials including its President, Ricardo Morales, were charged for graft and corruption.

“Thus, according to Yulde in his complaint, RAKKK Prophet Medical Center Inc. having received the IRM funds which were found to be irregular, illegal and invalid, it follows that its owners are liable for graft and corruption, and that clearly, RAKKK hospital was able to receive the IRM funds only through the possible undue influence and intervention of the spouses Congresswoman Tan and RD Tan who have personal interests in the said health care institution,” Yulde said in the complaint.

The complaint  further said that on March 23, 2020, PhilHealth Region 4A (Calabarzon) Executive Director Edwin M. Orina wrote then PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales to allocate P12.063 million to RAKK Prophet Medical Center to deal with cases of coronavirus.

Yulde said he was prompted to file the case against the Tan couple as he came across with documents that they took advantage of their position to get the IRM funds and that he also read a report published on Nov. 10, 2020 in SovereignPH titled “DOJ urged to probe hospitals benefiting from illegal IRM including hospital owned by Rep. Angelina Tan” that detailed the shenanigans of the Tan couple, including Ronel’s throwing wads of cash into the air worth millions of pesos during his recent birthday bash.

TAN COUPLE OWNS RAKK

It is also public knowledge that Tan couple own to RAKK Prophet Medical Center.

“It is of public knowledge, especially in our Fourth  Congressional District of Quezon province, that RAKKK Prophet Medical Center Inc. is actually owned by Spouses Congresswoman Tan and RD Tan,” he said in the complaint, adding that the spouses’ children were incorporators of the medical institution.

Yulde said in using her influence as the chairman of the House Health Committee, Rep. Tan violated provisions of RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, specifically Section 3(a) that states that it is unlawful for a public officer to engage in acts of “persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations duly promulgated by competent authority or an offense in connection with the official duties of the latter, or allowing himself to be persuaded, induced, or influenced to commit such violation or offense.”

Tan also violated  3(b), which penalizes officials who directly or indirectly receive or request benefits from the IRM program of Philhealth for the use of RAKKK hospital that is allegedly owned by her, and that in her capacity as the Chairperson of the HREP Committee on Health has she intervened in violation of law.

Furthermore, the councilor cited that the Tan couple allegedly violated Section 3(e) for conspiring with each other and with certain Philhealth officials in causing undue injury to the government for their manifest partiality, evident bad faith and gross inexcusable negligence, to the prejudice of Philhealth members whose hard earned money in the  amount of P12,063,723.00 were wasted away through the unwarranted and illegal use by RAKKK Prophet and Medical Center.

Lastly, Yulde said the Tan couple also violated a provision of the 1987 Constitution that states “All members of the Senate and the House of Representatives shall, upon assumption of office, make a full disclosure of their financial business and interests.” and that Congresswoman Tan and her husband, RD Ronnel Tan failed to disclose their true ownership of RAKKK Hospital. JONATHAN ARACELI FOR SOVEREIGNPH

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