- According to Malacañan, President Duterte fired top officials of the AFP Medical Center due to alleged anomalies its funds
- Duterte said that he is furious about the 'institutional corruption' that occurred due to fraudulent transactions and procurement
- Two officials were named during the palace's media briefing, namely Brigadier General Edwin Leo Torrelavega, commander of the AFP Health Service Command and olonel Antonio Punzalan, commander at the V. Luna Medical Center
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the relief of AFP officials overseeing and supervising the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center due to alleged anomalies circumventing the whole management and funding of military's health care and medical needs.
KAMI learned that about 20 individuals will be relieved from their posts, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. Duterte "has ordered the relief and court martial proceedings against the top military brass."
"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." Harry Roque stated.
Roque furthered by saying, "Apparently it was a conspiracy. It was institutional corruption in V. Luna."
Although the number and all of the names are not yet confirmed, the president was able to name just 2 officers. Roque said that the cause of their relief from posts was due to the allegedly 'ghost transactions'.
The palace said that the ghost procurement involved medical equipment that amounted to around 1.49 million pesos. The palace spokesperson also added that in the coming days, the government will be able to release further reports on the matter.
The reports and oversight is led by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and AFP chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr.
On August 6, in relation to Malacañan's statements, the preliminary reports surfaced. "The President aggravated in talking about corruption in the last Cabinet meeting." Roque said another thing that angered Duterte in the last Cabinet meeting was an allegedly anomalous deal entered into by the Nayong Pilipino Foundation."
"He is ballistic, because only recently he ordered that the sum of P50 million ($937,200) 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, only to find out that bulk of the funds or much of the funds may be going to pockets of corrupt officials of the Armed Forces."
The AFP Medical Center was formerly known as the V. Luna Medical Center.
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