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PhilHealth chief Morales virtually attends Senate hearing


PhilHealth chief Ricardo Morales on Tuesday virtually attended the Senate hearing on alleged irregularities in the state insurer.

Morales, 67, recently informed the Senate Committee of the Whole of his medical condition to allow him to attend the continuation of the hearing online.

Last week, he was physically present in the Senate as he participated in the nearly 10-hour inquiry.

He also announced on Monday that he is seeking medical leave to follow the advice of his oncologist.

The former Army general's physician said that he will be immunocompromised and vulnerable to infections as he is undergoing chemotherapy sessions.

Also virtually present in the hearing are PhilHealth Vice President for Operation Augustus De Villa who recently filed his irrevocable resignation.

A witness in the previous hearing, incumbent Board member Alejandro Cabading will be participating via teleconference too.

Morales' former head executive assistant Estrobal Laborte, who backed out from testifying last time, will likewise participate virtually.

Former PhilHealth anti-fraud officer Thorrsson Montes Keith is physically present this time.

Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chief Greco Belgica, Governance Commission for GOCCs chairperson Samuel Dagpin Jr., Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan, and Commission on Audit chairperson Michael Aguinaldo are also among those on the guest list. — Dona Magsino/RSJ, GMA News

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