Without a doubt, my post on the shady practices of Manila Bankers Life Insurance is the most popular post on my blog.
I’m still amazed that the comments keep coming in and how Manila Bankers continues to prey on innocent people who hand over their credit cards in good faith merely for verification purposes, but would later find themselves saddled with an exorbitant insurance premium.
Questions of available remedies for the duped and unwilling life insurance holders appear with scary regularity and the most popular suggestion was to submit cancellation letter with Manila Bankers within the 15/30 day cooling off period. It was also suggested that the Insurance Commission be given a copy of the cancellation letter and/or to submit a separate letter complaint to the Insurance Commission.
As it turns out, the Insurance Commission does listen and act on complaints! I don’t know why I’m surprised to hear this though, maybe I’ve become so used to hearing about government apathy and incompetence that I’ve forgotten that government is also filled with silent workers that toil without glory or accolade in ensuring that the system runs smoothly while protecting the interests of its citizens. It just so happens that bad news is broadcasted on loudspeaker and is so much sexier to report on, thus, the resulting negative image.
Anyhoo, this article about the show cause order issued to Caritas Health Shield may sound eerily familiar:
The complainants claimed they had no intention of purchasing HMO products from Caritas Health Shield, and requested cancellation of their contracts and the return of their premiums that were charged on their credit and debit cards.“In the show cause order issued by the IC, Caritas Health Shield was ordered to cease and desist from engaging in the activity complained of pending the conduct of an investigation,” the IC stated.
The magic number seems to be 117 because generally the Insurance Commission would endorse the complaints received to the Association of Health Maintenance Organizations of the Philippines, Inc. (AHMOPI), as a form of self-policing or cleaning their own ranks. However, the Insurance Commission was impelled to take action after it received 117 similar complaints on the fraudulent swiping and charging of credit and debit cards. Hence the directive for Caritas Health Shield to answer the allegations of fraud and misrepresentation against it,
For those who have been similarly duped by Manila Bankers, the trick seems to be to work together and submit complaints en masse to make a statement that the Insurance Commission cannot ignore. I don’t think that number of complaints has to reach 117 too, but something equally numerous should do the trick.
Nonetheless, it’s probably not enough to submit a letter complaint, because the Insurance Commission has a specific format and process for the filing of a formal complaint. So if you really want to put an end to these deceptive practices, better haul your ass over to United Nations and lodge a formal complaint against Manila Bankers.
As always, the best thing to do is to ignore their sales pitch and not to hand over your credit or debit card. But if the damage has already been done, you can still file a cancellation letter within 15/30 days after signing the insurance contract and be sure to CC the Insurance Commission to the letter. However, for maximum results, although it will take some effort on your part, lodge a formal complaint with the Insurance Commission as well.
Good luck everyone!
(Read: How to Get Your Money Back from Manila Bankers Life Insurance)