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Duque expected to discuss alleged corruption with PhilHealth —DOH


The Department of Health deferred commenting on allegations of corruption against the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), but assured the public that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III will look into the issue.

"Tinitingnan pa natin 'yang incident na 'yan and of course magsa-submit naman ang PhilHealth ng official na report na 'yan kay Secretary [Francisco Duque III] being the chair of the Board of PhilHealth," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told reporters in a virtual interview.

"We will wait for PhilHealth to issue their statement pero kapag ganito naman, the Secretary of Health, being the chair of the Board, he sits down with the officials para maiayos niya ang issues among them so that 'di na lumaki ang issue na ito," she added.

After a copy of PhilHealth anti-fraud officer Thorrsson Montes Keith's resignation letter surfaced on Thursday night, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque bared that the state health insurer officials are being investigated for alleged overpriced purchase of an IT system worth over P2 billion.

Roque urged the resigned officer to tell everything he knew about the supposed irregularities.

On the other hand, PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales denied the allegation of corruption.

PhilHealth spokesperson Gigi Domingo, meanwhile, said that their office has yet to officially receive Keith’s resignation letter.

Senator Panfilo Lacson said a  Senate investigation on the issue is brewing. —LBG, GMA News

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