Pres. Duterte Investigates PhilHealth After Reports of Excessive Trips

The tough talking President of the Philippines, Pres. Rody Duterte has ordered an investigation on the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) following reports of its officer-in-charge (OIC) Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna alleged excessive trips as confirmed by MalacaƱang.

The Commission on Audit (COA) asked PhilHealth OIC De la Serna to explain her travels amounting to P627,293.04 in just one year amid the agency’s massive net income loss amounting to P8.92 billion based on its 2017 unaudited financial statement posted online.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Pres. Duterte has ordered a probe on PhilHealth to fully implement a universal healthcare in the country.

“Alam ko po iimbestigahan din ‘yan ng Presidente dahil prayoridad po talaga ng Presidente na magbigay ng universal healthcare (I know the President will investigate that because it is really his priority to implement a universal healthcare in the country),” Roque said Monday.

“At talagang kung hindi po malilinis ang hanay ng PhilHealth, hindi po magkakaroon ng katuparan ang universal healthcare (If PhilHealth will not clean their ranks, the universal healthcare will not be realized),” he added.

“So ito lang po ang maipapangako ko po, talagang mabibigyan po ng importansya ang paglilinis sa hanay ng PhilHealth (So this is what I can promise, cleaning up PhilHealth will be given much importance),” he continued.

The Presidential spokesman also said that all sides will be heard in the said controversial travel trips of PhilHealth OIC Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna. The PhilHealth OIC also appealed to the President to hear her side of the controversial travel issue.

Spox Harry Roque also urged the Office of the Ombudsman to act on the COA reports so cases can be filed against erring officials. Roque said that it should not be just President Duterte who will act on these reports and said that the Ombudsman should look into them as it is part of their function.

The Presidential Spokesman was quoted as saying "Lahat itong report na ito, hindi naman dapat sa Presidente lang ang tinatanong kung ano ang dapat gawin ng Presidente. Talagang kung meron po talagang paglabag [sa] anti-graft law, ang Constitutional body na dapat nagi-imbestiga nito (All these reports should not only fall into the lap of the President. If there really is a violation of the anti-graft law, the Constitutional body that should investigate), even motu proprio, should be the Ombudsman,” he said.

Source: Manila Bulletin / PNA

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