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    PhilHealth allots P47M for MILF, MNLF

    STATE-run health insurance firm Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has allotted P47.7 million for the health insurance coverage of thousands of Muslim rebels this year.

    Alexander Padilla, PhilHealth president and chief executive officer, said the government has expanded the health insurance coverage for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and included the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as part of “peace dividends.”

    “Roughly 19,000 returning MILF and MNLF combatants, including their family members, will be assured of [free]health services under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan [Pamana] program,” Padilla told The Manila Times.

    When asked why funds have been allotted for the MILF despite non-passage of the controversial Bangsamoro measure, he explained that this was part of the government’s continuing commitment to the peace process.

    “Even if the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law remains pending [in the
    Senate and House of Representatives], they [Moro fighters] really form part of the poor, that’s why they’re waging war against the government,” Padilla said.

    In 2014, PhilHealth set aside more than P26 million for the health insurance coverage of 11,000 MILF fighters.

    Padilla said the corporation has also offered the same benefit package for members of the communist New People’s Army who will return to the fold of the law.

    The Philippine government and the MILF signed a historic peace agreement to put an end to decades of rebellion in Mindanao and pave the way for economic development in the region.

    Under the agreement, a Bangsamoro autonomous region will be created to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which President Benigno Aquino 3rd had declared a failed experiment.

    Under the agreement, the Bangsamoro region will cover the ARMM’s geographical area at present, along with Cotabato City, Isabela City (Basilan) and the municipalities of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte.

    The 11,000-strong MILF, which used to be part of the MNLF that also signed a peace deal with the government in 1996, has been battling government troops in southern Philippines since 1969, in one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.

    Decades of conflict has claimed at least 120,000 lives, displaced thousands and brought massive destruction to property.

    The passage of the proposed Bangsamoro law was delayed because of the mowing down of dozens of police commandos by MILF fighters and members of other armed groups in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in January last year.

    Some lawmakers have said the measure may no longer be passed during the remaining term of Aquino for lack of time.

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    1. Eh Di WOW yan ang Pinoy Administration, kala ko bha walang pera ang Philhealth kaya di nila macover ang insurance health ng mga ng bigay ng contribution ng mahabang taon gaya ng 20 years of continue paying and now dahil sa mga rebelled mag bigay sila ng health insurance kahit walang na ibigay na contributions ang galing naman ang mga sumusunod sa batas lang ang kaya ninyo hindi bigyan ng karapatdapat ng insurance benefit Sa too too lang ang dami na ako na kausap na tiga south lugar ng mga rebelled sila mismo asar sa kanila kasi sila ang kumakayon at ng abroad tapos sila hiningan ng pera ng mga taroon sa kanila. Gaya ng isang kausap kong babaeng maid sa Saudi Arabia uuwi daw siya dahin ang asawa na mag a-asawa ng isang babae eh wala naman daw trabaho yung asawa niya kaya uwi daw siya dahil aayusin daw niya ang divorse nila kasi yung mga na ipundar niya ay bibigaw pa sa pagalawang asawa ng asawa eh ang anak niya kawawa dahil mababawasan ang kanyang karapatan. ewan ko anong klaseng lalake yun mapag sarili, yung pang sarili ang nasa isip. Hindi lang yun may isang ako rin kaibigan na tinilungan ko para umasenso ditto sa abroad dahil nung mag abroad siya wala gano siya kaalaman sa drafting works kaya sabi ko wag kang matakot dahil lahat tayo puro ng uumpisa at matututo ka rin kaya binig yan ko siya ng pag asa tiniruan. minsan ng sabi siya sa akin na ang dami sa lugar nila pag ikaw daw umasenso kahit kamag anak mo ikaw pilit hihingan ng tulong hangan humatong sa kidnaping sabi ko grabe sa bi niya oo ganoon sa kanila kaya ng pasya siya na lumipat ng lugar at ilayo ang mga anak niya sa ganoon pagaasal ng kanyan ka tribo. At ang kanyang tiyuhin ganoon din ayaw na bumalik doon din kasi nga nung magpagawa siya ng bahay para sa kanyan mga asawa kasi dalawa asawa niya ayun hinhingan din daw siya at pilit na mag bigay kasi raw kikidnapin ang mga anak niya sabi ko ult grabe naman ganoon ba yon baka may galit lang sa inyo sabi niya hindi ganoon talaga sa kanila dami mga tamad gusto hingi lang ng hingi. Kaya sabi ko kaya pala hindi matapos ang gulo dyan sa south ng pinas. Kaya pala ang daming mga tiga south na ng pupumilit sa manila para kumayod ng patas.

    2. Its unfair to all peaceful, tax-paying and contributor to Philhealth. As a damaged culture people with administration protective of tuisanes, mag rebelde na lang tayong lahat para masarap ang buhay.

    3. Michael Cuanzon on

      Have always believed that the MILF had an honest desire for peace…sorry wrong concept and understanding. Because of this press release, realized that honesty and desire for peace is bought with money. Still consider this graft and corruption.