- Recently, there was a whistleblower that claimed some executives of PhilHealth stole P15 billion
- However, the Palace said that President Rodrigo Duterte will not be firing PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales yet
- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the President needs concrete proof of the corruption
- Roque also expressed his worries over the alleged corruption in PhilHealth
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The Palace has commented over the alleged corruption that has been going on in the state insurance firm, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
KAMI learned that the President remains to have trust and confidence in PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales.
In a report by Inquirer (authored by Krissy Aguilar), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the President has to see the evidence of corruption before he fires Morales from his post.
“According to Senator Bong Go, he [President] still does but he wants to see the evidence,” Roque said.
“If there’s evidence that would affect his trust and confidence, of course it will change. And that’s why I’m hoping that these investigations will document the evidence that the President wants to see,” he added.
The Presidential Spokesperson admitted that the alleged corruption in PhilHealth is “worrisome” and that Morales should take steps to remove the said corruption.
"My beef against General Morales is, I have no evidence that he is corrupt himself, but when he was placed there by the president...our expectation is that he will take concrete steps to rid the agency of corruption. And yesterday, what worried me was that he admitted that corruption was still rampant and I did not hear steps that he has taken to remove corruption in the agency. That, to me, is the most worrisome," Roque said, as reported by Philippine Star (authored by Bella Perez-Rubio).
PhilHealth was created to implement universal health coverage in the Philippines. However, it is being questioned by the Senate recently because of the alleged anomalies in the state-run firm.
A whistleblower who used to be an official in PhilHealth claimed that some of its executives pocketed P15 billion from its various schemes.
An official also claimed that PhiliHealth can go bankrupt by next year and totally collapse in 2022.
The celebrities also reacted to the alleged corruption that has been happening in PhilHealth amid the COVID-19 crisis.
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