Pres. Duterte Orders Relief of High-Ranking Officials V. Luna Medical Center Over Almost P1.5 Million Worth of "Ghost Deliveries"

The tough-talking President of the Republic of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the relief of high-raking officials of the V. Luna Medical Center over almost P1.5 million worth of "ghost deliveries" involving medical equipment, among others.


Former congressman and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during a press briefing that among those relieved were Brig. General  Edwin Leo T. Torrelavega, commander of the Armed Forces of the AFP Health Service Command; and Col. Antonio Punzalan, commander of the AFPHSC logistics unit.



In an official statement quoting Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez, Spox Harry Roque said all in all, around 20 officials were relieved by Pres. Rody Duterte.

Spox Roque was quoted as saying "I suppose it’s the office involving procurement..Apparently it’s a conspiracy,” Roque said.

The Presidential spokesman added further that "He would.. initiate, without prejudice to the investigation to be conducted by the Ombudsman, for the military, court-martial proceedings” against the officials.

According to Roque, the relief came following an investigation conducted by the AFP and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission at the behest of President Duterte. Spox Roque said it was a whistleblower who reported the anomalous transactions in the hospital.



Based on the probe, Roque said the P1,491,570,000 involved only a “single transaction.”

He said another report on other supposedly anomalous transactions involving “hundreds of millions of pesos” will be released “in due course.”

“(Duterte) (was) ballistic (when he found out). Only recently he ordered that the sum of P50 million be released to make sure V. Luna would have (facilities needed for soldiers) only to find out much of the funds may be going to pockets of corrupt officials,” Roque said.

Aside from the reported relieved of the top officials of V. Luna Medical Center, Pres. Duterte earlier ordered the relief of Nayong Pilipino officials following an allegedly anomalous lease contract with a foreign company.

Source: Eagle News

Pres. Duterte Orders Relief of High-Ranking Officials V. Luna Medical Center Over Almost P1.5 Million Worth of "Ghost Deliveries" Pres. Duterte Orders Relief of High-Ranking Officials V. Luna Medical Center Over Almost P1.5 Million Worth of "Ghost Deliveries" Reviewed by Phil Newsome on August 13, 2018 Rating: 5
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