Philippine president Duterte orders probe into PhilHealth insurance anomalies

Duterte said the concession contracts of Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services Inc. are disadvantageous to the public because they prohibit the government from adjusting water rates. Photo: STAR. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

MANILA, Jul 25, 2020, The Manila Times. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an investigation into the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.’s (PhilHealth) alleged overpriced procurement of an information technology system, Malacañang said on Friday (Jul 24), The Manila Times reported.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the statement following reports that three PhilHealth officials resigned from their respective posts because of the supposed widespread corruption within the agency.

“The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered an investigation into the alleged anomalies surrounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth). The Chief Executive has asked Undersecretary Jesus Melchor Quitain of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President to conduct the probe on PhilHealth,” Roque said in a statement.

Roque confirmed that he had received a copy of the letter of Thorsson Montes Keith, anti-legal fraud officer of the agency, who cited the “widespread corruption in PhilHealth” as among the PhilHealth official’s reasons to quit his post.

He encouraged Keith to cooperate with Duterte’s office by substantiating claims about the supposedly rampant corruption within PhilHealth.

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