The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) confirmed the resignation of one of its officials amid allegations of corruption inside the agency.
In a statement, PhilHealth said Head Executive Assistant Etrobal Laborte tendered his resignation mid-July “to go back to taking his PhD.” Meanwhile, the agency has yet to “officially” receive the letter of resignation filed by Atty. Thorsson Keith, an anti-legal fraud officer.
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In a letter of resignation addressed to PhilHealth president Ricardo Morales, Keith said that he opposed the implementation of the mandatory payment of PhilHealth contributions by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), because it was “unconstitutional” as it was not part of the Universal Health Care (UHC) law.
He also cited the “rampant and patent unfairness in the promotion process,” delayed salaries and hazard pay, and the “widespread corruption” inside the agency.
“PhilHealth assures the public that it takes seriously any issue on corruption, and asks Atty. Keith to substantiate his accusations so proper procedures can be initiated,” the agency said in its statement.
Atty. Roberto Labe Jr., on the other hand, ‘vehemently’ denied the news of his resignation.