President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met and asked Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president Roy Ferrer and Philhealth’s board members last night to submit their courtesy resignations amid allegations of ghost kidney treatments.
Duterte added that he will file criminal cases against top officials who are behind the fraudulent activity.
Misuse of Funds
The alleged anomaly took place when the board members connived with a private company and misused the funds of Philhealth.
They did “ghost dialysis treatments” under WellMed Dialysis & Laboratory Center Corp. These two parties collaborated and use the funds for “kidney treatments” of the deceased individual.
Duterte appointed newly elected Senator Christopher “Bong” Go to take charge of the case and to lead the Senate committee on health. Go said that the president expressed his disappointment over corruption allegations in the said agency.
Duterte never questioned Ferrer’s dignity and credibility but strongly said that he will not allow any corruptions under his administration.
Go suggested Duterte to do the reshuffling of boards. He added that the President is looking for a retired lady or police doctor that will strictly manage the Philhealth funds.
On the other hand, Former Senator JV Ejercito Estrada recommended for a financial management expert to take the place of Ferrer.
The National Bureau of Investigation is also assigned to lead the investigations. The said agency will undoubtedly cooperate with them. They respect and honor Duterte’s decision about reshuffling to resolve the issue.
The former Cabinet official Harry Roque, also asks for the suspension of the multi-billion peso Universal Health Care law implementation until the controversy has been settled. However, Roque clearly stated that he does not have any intention to take the place of Ferrer.
Source: GMA News