In a sure hint towards Duterte's claim that PhilHealth failed to reach Davao City, the government agency said that over P2.8 billion was spent for the benefit of members in the mayor's hometown in 2015.
At the latter half of the debate, Presidential candidate Mar Roxas quipped that his rivals are promising platforms that have already been implemented in the country.
Mar Roxas said: Halimbawa, yung trust fund na sinabi ni Mayor Duterte. Eh, meron na tayong mahigit Php 1 bilyong trust fund sa PhilHealth para tugunan ang lahat.
(For example, the trust fund that Mayor Duterte is pertaining to has already been implemented through over Php 1 billion trust fund in Philhealth.)
During the final leg of the presidential debates, Duterte claimed that Davao City did not benefit from the country's PhilHealth program.
Duterte said: "I applied for that program about two years ago. Patay na ho yung iniisip ko kung gamutin ko. And until now, there is no – it's ain’t true. Wala sa Davao."
(I applied for that program about two years ago. My potential dependent has already died. Until now, there is no - it ain't true. We don't have that in Davao.)
PhilHealth, albeit not dropping any names, released a press statement outlining the work of the agency in Region XI, with emphasis on Davao City - Duterte's home turf.
Out of the P6.2 billion spent for Region XI, Davao City reaps P2.8 billion.
"These payments are for various health insurance benefits such as inpatient, outpatient, and catastrophic benefit packages provided to PhilHealth members and dependents by the 232 accredited health care institutions and 1,454 accredited health care professionals in the region," PhilHealth said in a press release.
Roxas dared Duterte to step down from the race if the secretary could produce a list of names of the people helped by PhilHealth in Davao City.
"Kasi ang problema dito, kung hindi pumasok at hindi mo pinaniwalaan ang aktuwal na facts na datos ay babaliwalain mo. Ito ang mga katotohanan."
(The problem here is that you ignore the facts that don't fit in to your beliefs. This is the truth, said Roxas to Duterte)
"So, doon tayo sa katotohanan. Huwag nating lokohin ang ating mga kababayan na walang nangyayari. Ang katotohanan ang pinakabasehan ng kahit anong pamumuno."
(We side with the truth. Let's not fool our fellowmen that nothing is happening. The truth is the basis of all leaders.)
PhilHealth confirms Roxas's rebuttal, saying that over 1,420,415 benefit from the National Health Insurance Program. In the total membership count for Region XI of 4,499,537, Davao City members comprise 32% of the population.