Statement of Roque on PhilHealth Members’ Contribution In Case Agency Will Be Reorganized
ROQUE – Presidential spokesman Harry Roque spoke on the fate of the contribution of PhilHealth members in case the agency will be reorganized.
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or more commonly known as PhilHealth was hooked by corruption controversies. It was after one of its former officials claimed that corruption is happening inside the agency.
PhilHealth is connected to the Department of Health (DOH). It was previously headed by Ricardo Morales but he has resigned following the advice of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Morales was quick to deny that corruption is happening in PhilHealth. Despite the then PhilHealth chief debunking the claim of his former official, an investigation was lodged.
Amid the hearings, Morales filed a medical leave due to his health condition. Because of it, Pres. Duterte advised him to leave the post. Meanwhile, the Palace clarified that he is not free from his responsibilities during his term.
The President has approved the filing of charges against Morales and several other PhilHealth officials. He appointed former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) chief Dante Gierran to lead PhilHealth.
Pres. Duterte wants to abolish or privatize PhilHealth. Meanwhile, he has given Gierran until December to clean the agency from corruption and do what must be done.
Based on a report on GMA News, in the event that PhilHealth will be reorganized, presidential spokesman Harry Roque assured that Malacañang will not allow that the members will lose their contribution to the agency.
According to Roque, in case PhilHealth will be reorganized, since the said agency was created by a law, there must be a transitory provision that’s why it must also be ended through a law.
Based on the report, the Presidential Spokesman believes that there are still honest people working in PhilHealth and the agency can still be fixed. He made the explanation when asked if it is still safe for members to continue paying for their contribution.
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