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Prez Duterte creates task force to probe PhilHealth anomalies

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on July 30, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a task force to look further on the alleged corruptions in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Malacañang announced Friday.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the President directed the task force composed of the Office of the Ombudsman, Commission on Audit, Civil Service Commission, Office of the Executive Secretary, Palace Undersecretary Melchor Quitain, and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission.

The said task force would also have the authority to do lifestyle checks and an audit of PhilHealth’s finances, and could issue a preventive suspension of officials, and bring the perpetrators to justice once proven guilty of corruption.

They have 30 days from its formation to submit to Malacañang its findings and recommendations.

“So, mga kababayan huwag po kayong mag-alala, nakinig po ang ating Presidente at umakto bagamat wala pa pong mapapatunayan sa mabilis na panahon meron naman pong preventive suspension nang mapangalagaan ang kaban ng PhilHealth,” Roque stated.

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