Mayor Gatchalian wants NBI to investigate the alleged ‘Medical Certificate Scam’

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CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — “Let the chips fall where they may”.

This was the message of Malolos City Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian as he sought the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) – Bulacan to investigate the alleged “medical certificate scam” and find out whether there were irregularities committed in the issuance of medical certificates to locally stranded individuals and individuals with indispensable travels.

“I am asking the help of the NBI to conduct an impartial investigation on the matter. We must be able to get to the bottom of this,” Gatchalian said on Monday.

He added, “I have complete faith in the wisdom and technical expertise of the people of the NBI to ferret out the truth.”

In his letter to NBI-Bulacan addressed to Mr. Noel Bocaling, agenct-in-charge, on Monday, June 29, 2020, Gatchalian requested for an investigation “in order to establish the veracity of the allegations” and to “settle once and for all whether or not irregularities have been committed in the performance of duties of the employees of the City Government who are involved in the issuance of the travel authority.”

Gatchalian said that the allegations that the city health department has been giving undue favor to certain laboratories warrant a complete, impartial and independent investigation.

“We need to establish the truth in order that we can initiate the necessary steps to prevent this from happening again,” Gatchalian stressed.

This is the controversial chest X-ray requirement and Complete Blood Count (CBC) tests before a medical certificate is issued to an individual applying for a Travel Authority in this city, P100 for the medical certificate and another P400 being charged by a private laboratory clinic that corners all referrals from the city health officer Dr. Victor Batanes, who made chest X-ray and CBC test were made mandatory for those applying for travel pass.

The city mayor said the allegations have detrimentally affected the trust of the public to the integrity and honesty of public servants.

Gatchalian vowed transparency in the process, saying that he will not tolerate any malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance under his leadership.

He added his office is also conducting a parallel investigation.

“From day one, our goal is clear: to govern our beloved City of Malolos with complete integrity, honesty, and competence. We will never tolerate corruption and abuse of power under my leadership,” Gatchalian stressed.

Meanwhile, Malolos City Council passed on a unanimous resolution ordering City Health Officer Dr. Victor Batanes to stop the collection of P100 for the medical certificate. (RONDA BALITA Online)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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