DOH Denies Corruption Allegations Regarding P67 Billion COVID-19 Funds
DOH DENIES CORRUPTION – The Department of Health on Saturday spoke out regarding the alleged corruption within the agency.
Recently, the Commission on Audit (COA) flagged the DOH for P67 Billion worth of unallocated COVID-19 funds. However, according to the DOH, all of the money spent will be accounted for.
Based on an article from ABS-CBN, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said:
We are open to all sides of investigation. ‘Di po kami aatras diyan, gusto ko lang sabihin sa ating mhga kababayan na sana po ang paghuhusga, gawin natin kapag kumpleto na po ang ating nakikita na ebidensya
Furthermore, following harsh scrutiny from the Public, Vergeire said that the Filipino can judge the DOH after they finished completion of their documents. Additionally, she said that the DOH will not back down from any form of probing regarding the funds.
“Pagdating po sa kaperahan, hinding-hindi po kami gumagawa ng korapsyon.”, she emphasized. But, in a rare clarification on Friday, the COA said that it never said that the DOH lost money due to corruption.
Instead, the COA cleared up that the report was simply part of a normal mandate of their agency. Along with this, they also recommended the necessary steps that the DOH should do in order to fix the issue.
“Atin pong dino-double ang ating efforts para makuha ang lahat na ito at we will not wait for that specific timeline na binigay para makumpleto natin ang kailangan natin isumite so that report will be closed already“
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