Duterte or­ders probe into PhilHealth anom­alies

Fiji Sun - - ASIA/CHINA NEWS -

Manila: Philip­pines Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the Philip­pine Health In­sur­ance Corp.’s pro­cure­ment of an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy sys­tem that re­port­edly caused a rift be­tween some of the state in­sur­ance firm’s of­fi­cials and its pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ri­cardo Mo­rales. A meet­ing last Wed­nes­day be­tween Mo­rales and his of­fi­cials as well as some Cabi­net sec­re­taries saw some heated ex­changes over the IT sys­tem and led to at least one PhilHealth of­fi­cial turn­ing in his res­ig­na­tion let­ter last Thurs­day. Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Harry Roque con­firmed the res­ig­na­tion of lawyer Thorrs­son Montes Keith, PhilHealth anti-fraud le­gal of­fi­cer. Mr Roque said he only saw so far the res­ig­na­tion let­ter of Keith fol­low­ing re­ports that two oth­ers have re­signed.

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