Well, guess what? Retired broadcaster Jay Sonza has shared his thoughts on the controversy involving PhilHealth, the government-owned health insurance provider.
Sonza opened the FB post by introducing himself as someone who can speak on the PhilHealth issue because like many Filipinos, they are a family of OFWs.
“Let me speak as a parent and as a brother of 7 overseas Filipino workers or OFWs.”
Sonza believed that PhilHealth is redundant because automatically an OFW’s salary is subject to taxes, medical insurance and what not in your host country.
“Kapag nagtrabaho ka sa labas ng bansa, automatic, kakaltasan ka buwis, medical insurance, life insurance at iba pa ng bansang iyong pinuntahan.”
Sonza lamented the sad plight of OFWs who are obviously the government’s pet milking cow.
“Dito sa Pilipinas, hindi pa man nakakaalis at kumita ang OFW pinagbabayad na siya ng mandatory graduated increase PhilHealth contributions. Pag ka uwi niya, may attempt pa ng gobyerno na singilin siya ng income tax ng BIR (i.e. Bureau of Internal Revenue vs. Emmanuel Pacquiao).”
Sonza scoffed at the people who came up with the idea behind the latest PhilHealth scheme. “Saang utak sa talampakan kinuha ang patakarang kaltasan ng pataas ng pataas taon-taon mula 3% hanggang 5% ang mga migranteng pilipino o OFW ng Philippine Health Insurance Corporation o PhilHealth.”
Sonza thumbed down the dirty trick employed by PhilHealth to subdue the will of OFWs using OWWA as their partner in crime, figuratively speaking.
“Ginamit pang kasangkapan sa panggigipit ang mga tanggapan ng OEC, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Manila International Airport Authority, Department of Health. Overseas Welfare Administration, Bureau of Internal Revenue at iba pa.”
Otherwise, the poor OFW is barred from leaving the country if he or she refuses to pay up. Sonza remarked that if this isn’t bullying, he asked if this is a form of an insult?
“Hindi makakalipad ang pobreng OFW kung walang siyang resibo ng pagbabayad. Kung hindi ito pang-aapi, anong kaya tawag nila dito? Pang-aalipusta?”
Source: Jay Sonza