Health Sec. Paulyn Ubial linked to Maute operation


Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Ubial will undergo investigation after her alleged connection to Maute terrorist group operations.

Kabayan partylist Representative Harry Roque of the National Security Cluster calls for a probe into Ubial’s suspected link to Winston Q8, a Kuwait-owned medical clinic that was originally banned from operating by former DOH Secretary Jeanet Garin.

Winston Q8 is said to have funded the Maute attack and the ongoing Marawi siege.

It is owned by Husayn Al-Dhafiri and Rahaf Zina, and the latter is married to a high-ranking leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Ubial is alleged to have given access to Winston Q8 to operate in the country with eight branches in Davao, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro despite not having its own set of doctors.

“Now I formally asked the security cluster of the Cabinet to investigate Ubial because she facilitated the return of Winston Q8. They collected  billion pesos, Marawi happened… in my mind, part of what  Winston Q8 collected must have gone to Marawi Siege,” Roque said.

“I want the security cluster to investigate Ubial if she’s complicit to the terrrorist group in the Philippines because she is the one who allowed Winston Q8 operate again after Secretary Garin banned them from the Philippines,” he added.

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez concluded that Maute might have gotten their funding from Winston Q8 because he claims that terrorist groups cannot mobilize without ample financial resources.

ACT-OFWS Partylist Representative John Bertiz highlighted the profit Winston Q8 generated from conducting medical check ups for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

“They have offices in Davao, they have office in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro. They are collecting more o less nine (9)  million pesos per day so if you compute that is P240 million a month. Operation for a period of 8 month so more or less mahigit na sa isang bilyon ang pera nila,” said Bertiz.

He urged the Department of National Defense (DND) and other law enforcement agencies to conduct a probe on the money generated by Winston Q8.


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