THE camp of Dr. Bryan Sy, the co-owner of WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center implicated in the dialysis treatment scam involving the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., yesterday asked Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to order the immediate release of the physician from detention at the National Bureau of Investigation.
In a letter, Atty. Kristjan Vicente Gargantiel stressed that Sy has been detained for more than 36 hours without any formal charges filed before the local courts.
“Up to this date, despite the lapse of 36-hour period provided under Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code, no information nor complaint has been filed with the proper judicial authorities against Mr. Sy,” the letter read.
“In view of the foregoing, we respectfully demand the immediate release of Mr. Sy for there is no ground under any laws, rules or regulations, for his continued detention,” the letter continued.
In a related development government prosecutors yesterday found probable cause to indict Dr. Sy along with two others for the complex crime of estafa through falsification of official documents.
Justice Undersecretary Mark Perete confirmed the Justice Department resolution, which also recommended the indictment of whistleblowers Edwin Robero and Liezel de Leon for the same offense.
“The investigating prosecutor found that the Wellmed officers conspired in using falsified documents to collect payments from PhilHealth for alleged medical services to patients who were already dead,” Perete said in a SMS to reporters.
“The inquest prosecutor meanwhile referred the case against seven other Wellmed officers/employees for preliminary investigation. Said employees were not brought to the prosecutor for inquest,” he added.