Pfizer and other pharma executives may have lied before Senate president Juan Ponce-Enrile when they said that the P 100 million "alleged bribe" never happened because it was rejected flatly by Health secretary Francisco Duque.
Unknown probably to Enrile and Senator Mar Roxas, Pfizer has already been implementing its Sulit Patient Care card thru its PhilHealth and GSIS agreements. Just this year, Pfizer entered into an agreement with GSIS president Winston Garcia to give 50% discount cards to GSIS members.
In fact, Pfizer just launched its Sulit Card gimmick as a trial balloon. The sulit card reportedly already benefitted 1.9 million "indigent Filipinos", an obvious gimmick says Business Mirror columnist Lito Gagni since the card is being given to patients in expensive hospitals, allegedly being visited by Pfizer medical reps.
But, what Lito Gagni does not know, the bulk of the supposedly 1.9 million actually came from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). GSIS and Pfizer just entered into an agreement last May which gives GSIS members 50% discount in Pfizer products thru the use of the e-card. So, there's only about 400,000 indigents who are supposedly benefitting from the Pfizer sulit card scheme, a miniscule number compared to the benefits that the Cheaper Medicines bill will give to all 90 million Filipinos.
These pharmaceutical companies are supposed to course the P100 million thru the Gawad Kalusugan, although, some say, the non-stock, non-profit organization does not know that they would be used by the following companies: Pfizer Foundation Philippines,Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines) Incorporated,Wyeth Philippines Incorporated, Natrapharm Incorporated and United Laboratories Incorporated.
Likewise, I'll expose the links of Mr. Reiner Gloor to Rotary Club of Makati South, the chapter of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo and Mr. Albert G. Mateo Jr. Mateo Jr., according to the transcript in the Senate probe, was reportedly the one who offered the P 100 million pesos "discount card bribe" to Mrs. Arroyo.
Who is Mr. Mateo Jr. and why is he very powerful with the Arroyo regime? Abangan!