President Rodrigo Duterte called the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) “mukhang pera” (greedy) after the government paid half of its nearly P1-billion debt to the humanitarian organization.
During Duterte’s meeting with Cabinet member in Malacañang, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the decrease in reported COVID-19 positives was due to PRC’s suspension of PhilHealth-funded swab tests.
“Nabayaran na po ang PRC at nagbukas na po silang muli kaya patuloy na po ang kanilang pagsusuri ng mga swab specimen,” Duque said.
(PRC has already been paid, and it is open again to continue checking the swab specimen.)
PhilHealth’s debt affect Philippine Red Cross operations
Gordon said PRC is halting the COVID-19 testing and processing laboratory construction in Quezon, Albay, Pangasinan, Laguna, and the Bangsamoro region.
PhilHealth earlier committed to pay its P1-billion. However, it was delayed after the state-insurer said it would consult with the Department of Justice first.
“Philhealth should be ashamed of themselves for betraying our vulnerable people,” Gordon said.
On Thursday, PhilHealth paid P100 million more to Philippine Red Cross.