Fact check: Hontiveros didn't say OFWs must pay PhilHealth for earning dollars
- A post spreading on social media claimed that Sen. Risa Hontiveros said that OFWs should pay PhilHealth contributions because they earn dollars
- The post came after Hontiveros issued a statement against the re-opening of POGOs in the country
- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and just misleading the netizens
- Hontiveros clarified on her official social media account that the quote did not come from her
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A photo on social media has been circulating after claiming that Senator Risa Hontiveros said that the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should pay for PhilHealth Premium contributions.
However, KAMI learned that the claim was false and misleading the netizens.
In a Facebook post, it was mentioned that Hontiveros reportedly said that OFWs should pay for PhilHealth contributions because they earn dollars.
"Karapat dapat lang patawan ng karagdagan (sic) bayad ng mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) ang PHILHEALTH tutal Dollars naman yung kinikita nila,” it said in the post.
You may check the photo here:
Through a Facebook post, Hontiveros clarified that the post was “fake.”
“Fake news alert! Hindi ko po sinabi ito,” she said.
“Dumami agad ang mga fake news na ganito against me pagkatapos kong kontrahin ang pagbubukas ng mga POGO,” she added.
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In a previous report by KAMI, the Palace said that President Rodrigo Duterte does not require OFWs to pay for PhilHealth contributions. Instead, it is going to be voluntary.
According to the PhilHealth Circular No. 2020-0014, there should be an increase to the mandatory PhilHealth contributions of OFWs to 3% of their salary in 2020.
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