Press Release
September 10, 2019

Transcript of Interview of Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III

On the alleged illegal practice of transferring persons deprived of liberty to the New Bilibid Prison hospital for monetary consideration.

SP Sotto: It also came to my attention. I was also informed about that issue, and it is being used by persons who are not sick. Persons deprived of liberty who were not sick. Doon nagnenegosyo, doon kung minsan yung kung ano ang gusto nilang gawin, kung minsan may minimeet na tao, minsan daw ay doon yung transaksiyon, for whatever transactions they want. Grabe. This is a whole new different type of perspective that we are seeing here. I am so glad that the ombudsman has done a swift action on the matter. Palagay ko talagang may mga kailangang ungkatin natin bago baguhin.

Q: Sino yung allegedly frequent patients?

SP Sotto: Yun ang hindi ko alam. I don't have the data for that yet.

Q: Yun na yung topic sa hearing on Thursday?

SP Sotto: Malamang. It was brought up by Bong Go so we will take it up.

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