Philhealth execs ‘fired’

June 10, 2019

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte met with officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation yesterday afternoon and told the PhilHealth top executives to resign.

A GMA News Online report quoted Senator-elect Christopher “Bong” Go as saying PhilHealth president Roy Ferrer and board members of the government health insurance agency were instructed to submit their courtesy resignations.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo earlier confirmed the scheduled meeting between Duterte and the PhilHealth officials.

“Siguro magre-report sila (PhilHealth officials) kasi diba he (Duterte) instructed them to make a comprehensive report on what is happening in PhilHealth,” Panelo said in a Palace press briefing.
Asked whether President Duterte plans to sack PhilHealth officials, Panelo responded: “Hindi natin alam yung mangyayari, na kay Presidente lahat yan.”

(We don’t know what will happen, that is all up to the President.)
“Given that, he has publicly acknowledged his trust the president [of PhilHealth], I don’t think there will be,” Panelo said.

Duterte over the weekend said he would “reorganize” PhilHealth following a scandal involving bogus insurance claims allegedly amounting to more than P100 billion.

The President noted that he does “not have the slightest doubt about the integrity and honesty” of Philhealth chief Roy Ferrer, but that a loss of around P100 billion is “totally, totally unacceptable.”

Panelo said last Friday that Duterte had ordered PhilHealth management “to institute criminal actions against those officials and employees who wittingly or unwittingly allowed such misuse of funds to take place for years.”