Veteran writer Rigoberto D. Tiglao recently published an opinion article in the web version of the Manila Times, hitting at former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III regarding his health policies.
In the article, Tiglao said Aquino violated budget laws during his term as president when he allocated P10.6 billion worth of funds from the senior citizens’ insurance premiums to other health department projects.
Tiglao alleges that Aquino, along with former budget secretary Florencio Abad, and former health secretary Janette Garin, are the masterminds behind the reallocation.
Republic Act 10351 of 2012, or the Sin Tax Law increased the levies on liquor and tobacco and in effect, made the 80% of the proceeds go to the National Health Insurance Program. This was further strengthened by the Republic Act of 10645 of 2014 that required all senior citizens to be covered by Philhealth’s insurance. This insurance will be sourced from the excess of the proceeds from the sin tax law.
However, according to Tiglao and his sources, in the year that the sin tax law was implemented, the budget department together with Congress computed P10.6 billion from the sin tax law that Aquino vetoed.
Aquino gang, hijacked P10.6-B senior citizens’ funds
4/ 5Oleh BNP Correspondent