President Rodrigo Roa Duterte already ordered probe against Philippine Health Insurance Corporation after one of its officials resigned amid allegations of corruption and irregularities inside the agency.
On Friday, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the President ordered Undersecretary Jesus Melchor Quitain to conduct the investigation.
“Nananawagan ako sa kaniya na ngayong meron nang pormal na imbestigasyon, sana po ay makipagtulungan na lang siya tutal siya naman ay nag-resign na para matigil na once and for all ang corruption diyan sa PhilHealth,” Roque said in an interview.
Roque said the Palace views Keith’s allegations “as a serious matter and therefore enjoin him, and other officials, to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.”
Earlier, PhilHealth said it has yet to “officially” receive the letter of resignation filed by Atty. Thorsson Keith, an anti-legal fraud officer.
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.
However, in a separate interview, Philhealth president Ricardo Morales denied the allegations and dared Keith to back his claim of “widespread corruption.”
“Kung may alam siyang corruption, ilabas niya. Mag-aantay pa siya ng August 31 [for his resignation to become effective]? Gawin na niyang Lunes o ngayon, kasi detrimental na ‘yung ano niya… it would compromise the corporation for him to stay, for him to have access to the resources of the corporation,” Morales said.
In a statement, PhilHealth spokesperson Gigi Domingo said the agency does not tolerate corruption.