What happens to the PCSO’s medical assistance to indigent patients now that the agency’s operations have been shut down? Here are the biggest stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Very little is still known about the cases of corruption that President Duterte used as a reason to stop the operations of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). The Department of Finance said the universal health care program won’t suffer without funds from the agency. This was confirmed by PCSO General Manager Royina Garma who said medical assistance to indigent patients will continue. Meanwhile, trouble in the horizon as PNP chief Oscar Albayalde said the closure of PCSO outlets may see a resurgence of the illegal numbers game “jueteng.” Was closing down all those lotto outlets worth all the trouble?
Accusations at the Senate
Sen. Ping Lacson unsheathed his claws and went after Health Sec. Francisco Duque. In a privilege speech at the Senate, Lacson charged Duque with breaching ethics after a firm owned by the secretary allegedly bagged government contracts from the Department of Health (DOH) worth millions. Duque said there was no conflict of interest because he had already divested from the firm before the contracts were won. Lacson also took aim at PhilHealth. Among his revelations is that the controversial WellMed, which was reported to have collected money from “ghost” dialysis treatments, is still collecting reimbursements from government.
State of calamity
The death toll in the series of quakes in Batanes over the weekend has reached 9. The local government has declared a state of calamity for the whole of Batanes. ABS-CBN News will continue to report from Itbayat town, which is hardest hit. Meanwhile, government officials involved in disaster relief led by Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana will hold a disaster resilience summit in Quezon City.
Sen. Joel Villanueva has refiled his Security of Tenure bill that would end contractualization. Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III said President Duterte is open to a new version of the anti-endo bill. Is there a need to redefine “endo” after the President vetoed Villanueva’s original bill? The Chief Executive will be at a 5 p.m. event at the TESDA, an agency which Villanueva used to head.
The accidental chef
Carmel Almadrones never thought of becoming a chef—until a major turning point in her life led her to it. And after impressing Cebu with her Thai and Vietnamese-inspired creations, she’s opened a restaurant in a mind-blowing location in Camiguin. ANCX checks it out.