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Embattled PhilHealth chief Ricardo Morales resigns

PHILHEALTH Pres. and CEO Ricardo Morales (Photo courtesy: philhealth.gov.ph)

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) President and CEO Ricardo Morales tendered his resignation on Wednesday following the advice of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement, Senator Bong Go confirmed that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has received the resignation letter of Morales.

Morales’ resignation came after the President asked him to stepped down amid the corruption allegations surrounding PhilHealth.

“The President took note last night of Morales’s on-and-off health situation, and stated that it would be best for the latter and for PhilHealth to give up his post during these critical times for the agency,”Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Tuesday.

He said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea “had talked earlier to Morales, and that the latter said he would understand if he had to be replaced.”

It can be recalled that Morales sought for medical leave on August 10 following the advice of his doctors as he was undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. Two days later, he suddenly left a House probe on PhilHealth issues, citing his medical condition.

Earlier, PhilHealth Senior Vice President (SVP) for the legal sector Rodolfo del Rosario Jr., who was among the 4 members of the so-called mafia inside the state-insurance firm, announced his resignation in a Facebook post.

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