Sen. Lacson Expose Possible Graft & Corruption Cases vs. Sec. Francisco Duque & Family

Former PNP Chief and veteran lawmaker, Senator Panfilo Lacson bares possible graft and corruption cases which could be filed against Health Secretary Francisco Duque and his family.


The senator showed some evidence according to Thinking Pinoy's latest post that Secretary Duque is one of Philhealth's landlords in Pangasinan and that PhilHealth pays the Duque Family around Php 530,000 a month.



Sen. Lacson also revealed and presented some evidences to pinned down Sec. Duque who made some controversies due to his leadership at DOH as well as at PhilHealth.

Read the Complete Expose of Thinking Pinoy:

SENATOR LACSON BARES POSSIBLE GRAFT AND CORRUPTION CASES VS HEALTH SEC FRANCISCO DUQUE AND FAMILY

Lacson showed that Health Sec. Duque is one of Philhealth's landlords in Pangasinan and that PhilHealth pays the Duque Family around Php 530,000 a month.

In a press conference earlier today, Senator Panfilo Ping Lacson revealed that Department of Health (Philippines) Secretary Francisco Duque owns one of the buildings Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) rents in Pangasinan.



Senator Lacson provided the following documents:

[1] the General Information Sheet of Educational and Medical Development Corporation (EMDC), the incorporators of which are 8 members of Duque Family, one of which is the Health Secretary and with each of the 8 incorporators owning 12.5% of the company.

[2] the Contract of Lease between EMDC and PhilHealth, where PhilHealth agreed to pay the Duques about Php 530,000 monthly. The contract was effective from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018, subject to renewal poer a separate Multi-year Obligational Authority Agreement between the two.

Adding the fact the Sec. Duque is Philhealth's ex officio chairman of the board, I think the Government can file criminal and administrative charges against Sec. Duque and the other 7 incorporators for violating Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

In Sec. Duque's case, he could have violated the following provisions:

Sec. 3(h): Director... in any business, contract or transaction in connection with which he intervenes or takes part in his official capacity, or in which he is prohibited by the Constitution or by any law from having any interest.



Sec. 3(i): Directly or indirectly becoming interested, for personal gain, or having a material interest in any transaction or act requiring the approval of a board, panel or group of which he is a member, and which exercises discretion in such approval, even if he votes against the same or does not participate in the action of the board, committee, panel or group.

Duque's co-incorporators, meanwhile, may be sued under Section 4, part of which reads:

Section 4. Prohibition on private individuals. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person having family... relation with any public official to capitalize or exploit or take advantage of such family or close personal relation by directly or indirectly requesting or receiving any... pecuniary advantage from any other person having some... contract with the government, in which such public official has to intervene...

Should the Ombudsman start investigating for the Duques' possible liability? — at Senate of the Philippines.



Source: PTV-4


Sen. Lacson Expose Possible Graft & Corruption Cases vs. Sec. Francisco Duque & Family Sen. Lacson Expose Possible Graft & Corruption Cases vs. Sec. Francisco Duque & Family Reviewed by Phil Newsome on June 20, 2019 Rating: 5
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