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    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    LOOK: International Lawyer exposed Risa Hontiveros’ Philhealth anomaly

    Atty. Paula Defensor-Knack, a well-known lawyer and the sister of late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, slammed Senator Risa Hontiveros with a previous issue involving the senator.

    The said anomaly occurred years ago, during Hontiveros’ term as member of the Philhealth board. The issue sprang up after a P1.761 Billion worth of unauthorized bonuses have been granted to “officers and employees of Philhealth in 2013”. 

    According to an article published by Manila Standard on April 13 last year, Hontiveros was urged by the National Association of Lawyers for Justice and Peace (NALJP) to return the abovementioned amount of money taken from the Philhealth fund.

    The said challenge was given months before the 2016 elections where Risa Hontiveros, then was running for a senatorial position. Regardless of the demand given by the National Association of Lawyers for Justice and Peace, Hontiveros’ remained silent on the issue. Even until now, almost a year after she assumed office as a senator, Hontiveros seems to have forgotten her involvement to such discrepant disbursement of Philhealth funds.

    What seems to be the major focus of Senator Risa Hontiveros now, is her fight against human rights violations among drug-related criminals and even terrorists. That is supported by her previous interviews and speeches. Just lately, issues proliferated over the internet regarding Hontiveros’ justification of the actions made by the Maute Group, claiming that Hontiveros allegedly defended the terrorists.

    That particular incident angered not only Atty. Paula Defensor-Knack but hundreds of Filipino netizens as well. In her Facebook status, Knack brought up the past Philhealth anomaly which explicitly involves the senator as a means of speculation.

    Citing the article published by Manila Standard, Knack used that as a reference to criticize Hontiveros for her unreasonable defense for the Maute members. Knack’s criticism is shown in the affixed photo in her FB post showing Senator Risa Hontiveros and a citation from the Manila Standard article which bears the title: “Hindi bandido and Maute ha… Eh ikaw? [obviously pertaining to Senator Hontiveros]”

    The said post had solicited public support and responses primarily against the senator. Some criticisms claim that Hontiveros is “corrupt”, a “thief”, “a mindless senator”, “an idiot”, and a lot more criticisms majority of which are negative and overboard.

    Source: Paula Defensor KnackManila Standard
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