Sotto cites ‘humanitarian’ sacking of PhilHealth head

SENATE President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said President Rodrigo Duterte was firing Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales in a “humanitarian way” when he asked him to resign.

“It’s a humanitarian way of saying ‘you’re fired’,” said Sotto who led the Senate Committee of the Whole which recently investigated the alleged corruption and irregularities in PhilHealth.

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said he feels sorry for the PhilHealth chief as he admitted that the “intense” Senate hearings may have affected his health.

He said that despite Morales’ “possible complicity that could make him face some serious legal problems,” he still wishes for his recovery from cancer.

Morales is on medical leave due to his ongoing treatment for lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes.

Senators had called for the preventive suspension of PhilHealth top officials, including Morales, for the unhampered probe of the government corporation which faced new allegations of corruption, fraud, and funds mismanagement.

Sotto earlier confirmed that he is still preparing the Committee of the Whole’s report on its legislative inquiry adding he could sponsor it for plenary discussion and approval next week.

“Our report and findings will most probably coincide with the DOJ’s investigation,” Sotto said.