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AFP, Senate keep lead; PhilHealth notches 2nd win at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

PhilHealth Plus’ team and fans celebrate as the awarded Best Player of the Game Kenneth Emata sink the game-winning buzzer beater 3-point shot to lift their team to another victory, 2-2. (MAIA GARCIANO / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, October 21

2:00PM – GSIS vs PITC
3:30PM – Agriculture vs Judiciary
5:00PM – PNP vs Senate

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Philippines kept their share of the Group-A lead after defeating their respective opponents in the seventh edition of the UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

The Senate defeated the Department of Justice Boosters, 87-72 after blocking the latter’s fast transition offense plays to chop down their early edge in the ball game.

Jeffry Sanders lifted the Defenders with his 23-point finish, 20 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks that earned him the best player of the game title.

“Half time, sinabi namin ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’  In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time,” Senate Defenders Coach Mike Fermin said.

(During the half time break, we said ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’ In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time.)

“Noong later part na, out of frustration na yung mga galaw eh… yun lang ibang players napu-frustrate na, doon kami nagkagulo, medyo nawala sa focus,” DOJ Assistant Coach Jessie Montivirgen said.

(At the later part of the game, our plays were out of frustrations… some of our players were frustrated then. That’s when our game broke down, we lost our focus.)

The AFP Cavaliers also scored their third straight win after clobbering the rookie PITC Global Traders, 78-68.

Jerry Lumongsod led the Cavaliers by bucketing 19 points, including five from the three-point area, 5 assists, four rebounds and steals and a block, earning him the best player of the game award.

“Medyo mataas yung morale ng team, since the start ng league… we will take one game at a time,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III.

(Team’s morale is quite high since the start of the league… we will take once game at a time.)

The PhilHealth Plus, meanwhile, gains their second victory after upsetting the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 90-87.

Kenneth Emata’s buzzer-beater three-point shot served as the key to defeating the Malacañang-PSC after both teams scored 87-all in the last part of the game. His 9-point finish with Jonathan Aldave’s 36 points earned them the game’s best players title.

PhilHealth now holds 2-2 win loss record while this is Malacañang-PSC’s first loss of the season.

“Nagkulang kami sa Defense namin, ball rotation din namin kulang, so kailangan din namin I work out yun,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Coach Raffy Gutierez said.

“As promised kahit kulang kami ng players, kahit maraming challenges, injury it will not stop us. Dahil dito po sa laro ng UNTV Cup, puso talaga ilalaban namin para sa beneficiaries namin at kami po ay nakikiisa sa magandang adhikain ni Bro. Eli at Kuya Daniel na gamitin namin ang aming talento sa basketball para manalo para sa aming chosen beneficiary,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II said.

(As promised, even though we don’t have enough players, despite the challenges and injury, it will not stop us. Because in this game of UNTV Cup, we will fight with our hearts for our beneficiaries. We are one with the noble advocacy of Bro. Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon of using our talent in basketball to help our chosen beneficiaries.) — BERNARD DADIS / UNTV News & Rescue

 

THE SCORES: 

GAME 1: Senate defeats DOJ, 87-72.

Quarter Scores: 20-21, 44-23, 67-60, 87-72

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 87
J. Sanders 23, G. Sevilla 15, E. Villanueva 10, M. Omega 10, R. Balboa 8, H. Ng 7, J. Angara 5, J. Mangaran 5, J. Flaminiano 3, R. Malaga 1

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 72
D. Rayos 16, C. Cruz 11, J. Lopez 10, E. Mabazza 10, C. Borile 7, J. Villegas 7, R. Viterbo 4, L. Lagunzad 4, M. San Juan 3

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jeffry Sanders (23 points, 20 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks)

GAME 2: PhilHealth defeats Malacañang-PSC, 90-87.

Quarter Scores: 21-26, 45-48, 68-73, 90-87

PhilHealth Plus
Box Scores: 90
J. Aldave 36, M. Pedroso 19, I. Mazo 13, E. Pacheco 10, K. Emata 9, J. Hierro 3

Malacañang-PSC
Box Scores: 87
V. Javier 20, M. Antonio 17, E. Dela Cuesta 17, J. Jimenez 8, J. Gadong 7, N. Javier 6, R. Abalos 4, J. Besa 4, I. Garrido 2, A. Catipon 2

BEST PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Kenneth Emata (9 points, 2 rebound and 1 assist) and Jonathan Aldave (36 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block)

GAME 3: AFP defeats PITC, 78-68.

Quarter Scores: 25-17, 43-27, 66-48, 78-68

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 78
J. Lumongsod 19, D. Cordero 17, W. Casulla 11, B. Bautista 10, J. Quiambao 6, E. Rosopa 4, P. Fernandez 3, E. Tan 3, R. Araneta 3, R. Almerol 2

PITC Global Traders
Box Scores: 68
H. Porto 23, R. Vasallo 18, M. Gecale 5, A. Taplah 4, J. Melaño 4, M. Juan 4, L. Lopez 4, D. Almarinez 2, R. Regalado 2, M. Macabasco 2

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jerry Lumongsod (19 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)

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NBI releases owner of clinic tagged in dialysis scam

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2019

Dr. Bryan Sy, co-owner of WellMed Dialysis Center

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Sunday (June 16) released the co-owner of a dialysis center in Quezon City after being in detention for 6 days in connection with alleged fraudulent claims, his lawyer, Rowell Ilagan, said.

Dr. Bryan Sy, co-owner of WellMed Dialysis Center, was arrested on Monday (10) for allegedly ordering former employees to make claims for dialysis treatment from state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on behalf of patients who had already died.

A Manila court on Saturday (June 15) ordered Sy’s release after his camp posted a P72,000 bail.

He was not, however, released immediately due to the absence of signatories from the NBI, said his lawyer.

Ilagan said Sy had to wait one more day and walked free from detention around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The Department of Justice indicted Sy on June 14, along with former employees Edwin Roberto and Leizel Aileen de Leon, for estafa through falsification of official documents.

Roberto and De Leon jointly bared the alleged WellMed racket, revealing that it made P800,000 in ghost PhilHealth claims from 2016 to 2018.

WellMed lawyer, however, denied the ‘ghost claims’ with PhilHealth.

They wrote DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra and NBI Director Dante Gierran on Thursday to demand Sy’s release because his detention had exceeded 36 hours.

Under Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code, authorities have a maximum of 36 hours to detain a suspect without filing any charge in court. /mbmf

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Duque to revamp Philhealth’s accreditation unit

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is looking to revamp the accreditation unit of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) in relation to the “ghost dialysis” controversy.

At a press briefing on Tuesday, Duque questioned the committee for its alleged inaction on the recommendation to revoke the accreditation of WellMed Dialysis Center, the facility being linked to the issue.

The Health official said they have already identified the members of the accreditation unit who may have committed negligence with regard to the controversy.

“It is the accreditation committee where we think nagkaroon talaga ng oversight. That is the subject of the ongoing investigation,” he said.

Duque added that they are also looking into other operating committees within the Philhealth Central office that might also be involved in the multi-million ‘ghost dialysis’ claims issue.

“There is a possibility of connivance, I think, because it’s hard to believe that this will just be happening without somebody from the inside who knows how to circumvent, how to go around the processes of Philhealth,” he said.

Duque also directed Philhealth to identify which among the more than 7,000 claims made in 2018 may be considered as anomalous or fraudulent.

He also ordered for the list of hospitals and other medical facilities that might have asked Philhealth for dialysis payments of already deceased patients.

“I have instructed Philhealth to identify for 2018 7, 213 cases have been filed and how many of those cases account for ghost claims. Kasi marami tayong fraudulent claims, meron tayong multiple filing of claims,” Duque said.

“So ito, talamak din po ito. Ito pong ating mga inappropriate treatment or procedures being done na hindi sang-ayon sa clinical practice guidelines,” he added.

On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte asked for the courtesy resignation of some Philhealth officials amid the ongoing investigation into the controversy.

Duque said the President expects them to tender their resignation within Tuesday.

However, the health official said he will seek to clarify with the President on who among these executives have been instructed to resign in line with the chief executive’s order to allow the state-run firm to start on a clean slate.

He added that Philhealth officials will have to stay until their resignation letters are formally accepted by the Office of the President. (with details from Aiko Miguel)

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Duterte seeks Philhealth reorganization

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Sunday, June 9th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte seeks the reorganization of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) due to alleged corruption issues in the agency.

In a television guesting on Saturday (January 8), President Duterte said the P154 billion-worth of funds allegedly lost to anomalous PhilHealth claims is unacceptable.

“When I go back [to Manila], I’m making the announcement that I am maybe reshuffling the PhilHealth. For the sheer amount that was lost, I have to reorganize your entity,” he said.

The president also believes that the agency should be managed by a member of the military or a businessman to curb irregularities in collecting PhilHealth claims.

President Duterte also reiterated he trusts the integrity of PhilHealth acting president, Roy Ferrer.

“I do not have the slightest doubt about the integrity and honesty of Roy Ferrer,” he said.

The issue stemmed from a report made by Edwin Roberto, a former employee of WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center, that WellMed continues to file PhilHealth claims even after their patients have died.

Based on the initial investigation, the Dialysis Center had done the same mode of operation 28 times while 12 cases are still being verified by authorities.

According to Ferrer, there is an alleged “mafia” inside the agency which serves as an accomplice of several hospitals, clinics, and doctors engaged in said anomalous transactions.

“Gusto nila sila nandoon for more than 20 years (They want to stay [in PhilHealth] for more than 20 years) and now we are getting more and more whistle blowers that are coming out to bring forth what they are doing in their respective regions. Marami po mga tiwaling ginagawa po at iniimbestigahan na po natin ito, (there is a lot of corruption and investigations are underway),” he said.

Aside from the reshuffling, President Duterte has also ordered authorities to file charges against the owner of WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center and other involved government officials.(with reports from Joan Nano)

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