Duterte says he will go after erring PhilHealth officials
President Rodrigo Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on August 10 , 2020.
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Duterte says he will go after erring PhilHealth officials
(Philstar.com) - August 11, 2020 - 8:57am

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said he would go after officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) involved in irregularities within the agency.

In a speech late Monday, Duterte threatened officials who would be found to be involved in corruption and told those who are “innocent” to continue working.

“'Wag kayong magkakamali itong PhilHealth. Sabi ko yayariin ko kayong lahat, maniwala kayo,” Duterte said, without mentioning any names.

(Make no mistake. I will go after you. Believe me.)

“Iyong mga inosente naman, wala kayong dapat i-ano, tahimik lang kayo at continue working,” he added.

(Those who are innocent, you have nothing to worry about. Just stay silent and continue working.)

The chief executive issued the statement as top officials of the state health insurer are being investigated for alleged corruption. PhilHealth is hounded by allegations of supposed pocketing of some P15 billion and alleged overpricing of IT equipment and coronavirus test kits.

 “Nakalusot kayo sa ibang maybe president o ano pero dito sa akin, sadsad talaga kayo, maniwala,” Duterte said.

(You might have gotten away with other president but you cannot escape me.)

The president earlier ordered the creation of a multi-agency task force to investigate anomalies in PhilHealth. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the chief executive would not fire PhilHealth chief Ricardo Morales from his post unless there is evidence he is involved in corruption in the agency.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate started their investigations into the alleged irregularities in PhilHealth. The upper chamber’s probe resumes Tuesday, with key officials expected to skip the hearing due to health issues. — Gaea Katreena Cabico

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: September 14, 2020 - 11:10pm

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. is facing scrutiny anew over more allegations of corruption.

It was in the headlines last year because of an alleged scam involving payments to WellMed Dialysis Center for treatments charged for a patient who had already died.

Follow this thread for updates.

September 14, 2020 - 11:10pm

Task Force PhilHealth has recommended complaints against former PhilHealth CEO Ricardo Morales, Senior Vice President Jovita Aragona, officer-in-charge Calixto Gabuya Jr. over alleged corruption at the state insurer related to overpriced ICT systems and other issues.

President Rodrigo Duterte announced the recommendations at a meeting of the IATF, part of which was televised.

September 1, 2020 - 4:01pm

Senate President Tito Sotto reports the findings of the Senate Committee of the Whole following its investigation into alleged anomalies at PhilHealth.

Sotto admits that he is taking the task of reporting the Senate panel's findings with some reluctance in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that "we should not change horses mid-stream."

"It is suggested that we must let the pandemic first subside, before advocating for changes, in the areas of leadership, organization, systems and operations of PhilHealth," Sotto says.

September 1, 2020 - 9:19am

Newly appointed PhilHealth chief Dante Gierran admits he is "very scared" of taking over the state insurer.

"I'm scared because I don't know the operations of PhilHealth. Unlike NBI, I knew the operations of NBI but PhilHealth, wala. I do not know about public health," Gierran tells ANC's "Headstart" Tuesday morning.

The former NBI director adds he does not have experience about public health but he knows about financial management.

August 25, 2020 - 8:32pm

President Rodrigo Duterte has "stated that it would be best for [PhilHealth CEO Ricardo Morales] and for PhilHealth to give up his post during these critical times for the agency," Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says.

Guevarra says the president had noted Morales' health.

The secretary adds that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has already talked to Morales "and that the latter said he would understand if he had to be replaced."

August 18, 2020 - 11:32am

Sen. Panfilo Lacson warns PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales and Senior Vice President Renato Limsiaco Jr. that they may face charges should the alleged irregularities in the state insurer be proven.

"Malamang, maliligo kayo sa kaso kapag ibinahagi na ni SP Tito Sotto kay DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra ang lahat na records ng proceedinhs ng pagdinig na sinasagawa namin ngayon," Lacson says.

Lacson recalled that in the previous Senate hearing, Limsiaco admitted that PhilHealth remitted P156 million to the Bureau of Internal Revenue last August 3, claiming that he charged the amount to the Corporate Operational Budget of the agency. 

"Then, he followed up with another lie - that he didn't know that it was an obligation under the law that he had to withhold taxes," the senator says. 

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