- A former DOH consultant accused former and current health officials of committing acts he considered as “plunder”
- The consultant claimed the officials involved gained profit from DOH projects
- Ex-Health Secretary Garin, one of the officials named by the consultant, denied the allegation
A former consultant to the Department of Health (DOH) accused several former and incumbent health officials as having participated in activities he considered as “plunder.”
According to the Inquirer, Dr. Francis Cruz, who was a consultant to former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, named the officials involved, including former Health Secretary Janette Garin, during a news conference on Saturday, January 13.
Cruz claimed the officials he named colluded with each other to gain profit from several DOH projects.
“These are not hardened criminals that they intended to be a mafia. They evolved to be a mafia. They are bureaucrats who got tempted once, got tempted twice, then they formed a collusion hangga’t namihasa na (until they got used to it),” he said.
The former consultant said what the health officials involved did was worse than what Janet Napoles did. Napoles was the alleged mastermind of the supposed multi-billion pork barrel scam involving several lawmakers.
“It’s worse than kickback and worse than Napoles,” Cruz explained when asked how the officials he named profited from their scheme.
Garin denied Cruz’s allegation, saying it was questionable and unsubstantiated.
The DOH’s Executive Committee is already conducting a probe into the allegations of Cruz, according to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III.