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Duterte fires top AFP Medical Center officials
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:28:43 PM »
Duterte fires top AFP Medical Center officials
(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte 'is ballistic' about alleged anomalies at the hospital formerly known as the V. Luna Medical Center

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Published 11:40 AM, August 13, 2018
Updated 1:15 PM, August 13, 2018

https://www.rappler.com/nation/209429-duterte-fires-afp-medical-center-officials

MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte fired top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center, previously known as the V. Luna Medical Center, over alleged ghost transactions, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced Monday, August 13.

Duterte "has ordered the relief and court martial proceedings against the top military brass," including Brigadier General Edwin Leo Torrelavega, commander of the AFP Health Service Command, and Colonel Antonio Punzalan, commander at the V. Luna Medical Center.

He said around 20 individuals will be relieved, but he has the names of only two officials so far. "I suppose the entire office that has to do with procurement will be relieved," Roque said.

Roque said the ghost transactions in the initial report, which involve medical equipment, amount to around P1.49 million ($27,900). In the next few days, he said the government will release subsequent reports on "a series of transactions involving almost hundreds of millions of pesos."

Roque said Duterte made this decision after reading reports of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and AFP chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr.

'Institutional corruption'

"Based on the reports, several high-ranking officials and employees of V. Luna Medical Center, the health service command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, undertook anomalous purchases of equipment and engaged in fraudulent transactions, including ghost purchasing, splitting of contracts to circumvent mandatory bidding processes, and conceiving of fictitious suppliers," Roque said.

He added, "Apparently it was a conspiracy. It was institutional corruption in V. Luna."

It was a whistleblower who bared these reports of corruption, prompting Duterte to order the PACC and Galvez to look into this, Roque said.

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Re: Duterte fires top AFP Medical Center officials
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Fuming Duterte fires military health officers over alleged corruption
Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Aug 13 2018 11:52 AM | Updated as of Aug 13 2018 03:47 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/13/18/fuming-duterte-fires-military-health-officers-over-alleged-corruption

MANILA - (UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte has fired the top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines - Health Services Command over allegations of corruption, a spokesman said.

The commander-in-chief directed the relief and start of court martial against Brig. Gen. Edwin Leo Torrelavega, head of the AFP-HSC, and Col. Antonio Punzalan, commander of the V. Luna Medical Center, said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

Chiefs of the health service command's management and fiscal office and the logistics office were also ordered relieved over alleged anomalous equipment purchases.

Roque, quoting AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr, estimated that a total of 20 officers will be relieved.

"Apparently, it’s a conspiracy…it was institutional corruption in V. Luna," he told reporters.

President Rodrigo Duterte went "ballistic" upon receiving the report that detailed the alleged corruption, Roque said.

"He recently ordered that the sum of 50 million a month be released to V Luna to make sure that V Luna will have sufficient funds to cover all medical requirements of members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines," Roque said.

"Only to find out that much of the funds may be going to pockets of corrupt officials of the Armed Forces," he added.

The officials also engaged in fraudulent transactions including ghost purchasing, splitting of contracts to circumvent mandatory bidding processes, and conceiving fictitious suppliers, Roque said.

A single case where they were involved in amounted to about P1.49 million, and an upcoming report will detail several other transactions amounting to hundreds of millions, he said.

Galvez assured the immediate implementation of the order "without prejudice to the investigation to be conducted by the Ombudsman," said Roque.

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2018, 09:18:09 PM »
AFP chief scrambles to fix 'systemic corruption' in military hospital
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Aug 13 2018 03:58 PM | Updated as of Aug 13 2018 05:29 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/13/18/afp-chief-scrambles-to-fix-systemic-corruption-in-military-hospital

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday vowed to fix the alleged "systemic corruption" in the military's V. Luna hospital in just a month.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte fired the top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines - Health Services Command over alleged corruption.

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"'Yung report ng ISAFP is very extensive because it also points out to a system and at the same time those people that were really involved. We have to correct. I've given a statement that the Armed Forces of the Philippines will fix this in one month," he said in a press conference.

Galvez said a "discreet investigation" by the ISAFP began after they received a complaint from the Office of the President last May on the "ghost deliveries" and irregular deals by hospital officials.

He said ISAFP, in its initial probe covering only 5 of the 17 transactions, found a systemic corruption where top officials were involved from the start to the end of the purchase process.

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