June 18 ------ Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) president Ricardo Morales is under fire over alleged failure to address the corruption hounding the state-owned corporation. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque has called out Morales for allegedly failing to investigate and hold accountable officials involved in the anomalies in PhilHealth since he was appointed to the top post.
Morales has been entrusted by President Duterte “clean up” the state health corporation and get rid of corruption there, said Roque who was speaking as the author of the Universal Health Care law. “Ang hamon ko kay General Morales, tinanggal ang dating mga miyembro ng board at pati iyong presidente dahil sa alegayon ng korapsyon, bakit ni isa wala pa siyang nalilitis, ni isa wala pa siyang natatanggal?,” he said in a radio interview. “Tapos magrereklamo siyang walang pera…,” he added.
Roque also appealed to Morales not to play blind or turn a deaf ear to the corruption controversies hounding PhilHealth. He lamented that Morales has been given enough time to probe the corruption allegations within the corporation but has yet to produce results. “Iyan lang po ang problema kay General Morales. Wala pong personalan, pero sapat na pong panahon ang lumipas para dapat naimbestigahan na niya at nalaman na niya kung ano ang nangyayari sa Philhealth,” he said. He said with the huge fund allotment given to PhilHealth, it should not run out of money if the officials are responsible and do not commit corruption.
“Sagutin din niya ano ang nangyari sa mga alegasyon sa korapsiyon sa Philhealth? Bakit ni isa ay walang naimbestigahan, ni isa walang naparusahan?,” he asked. “Kinakailangan siya mismo bilang bagong itinalaga, pinagkatiwalaan ni Presidente, linisin niya ang Philhealth,” he said.