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Ex-convict links Bilibid doctor to corruption

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NBP medical officer Ursicio Cenas. INQUIRER.NET PHOTO/CATHY MIRANDA

MANILA, Philippines — A former mayor on Thursday accused a hospital doctor at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) of accepting money in exchange for medical records.

Former Valencia City Mayor Jose Galario, a former convict, claimed that he personally gave P1,000 to NBP medical officer Ursicio Cenas several times when he asked for a medical abstract and certification after he had an operation.

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When he first asked for a medical abstract from the NBP hospital, Galario said he waited for more than a month but did not receive it. 

So he asked around and was told that he had to give money to the hospital doctor.

“Humingi ako ng medical abstract, nagbigay ako P1,000 kay Dr. Cenas, ilang araw lumabas,” the former mayor said during the hearing of the Senate committee on justice.

Galario said he paid Cenas P1,000 every time he requested for either a medical abstract or certification.

“Kukunin niya, ilalagay niya sa kanyang drawer,” he said.

“Kasi kung hindi siya corrupt, si Doctor Cenas, hindi niya tatanggapin yun,” Galario added.

Cenas, who was also present in the hearing, vehemently denied the allegation. /je

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