“Hold Duterte and Morales accountable to Philhealth Corruption.” —Youth Party

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Kabataan Party-list asserts that Pres.Duterte, Morales, and other corrupt officials in PhilHealth should be held accountable for the P15 billion corruption scandal.

Change in leadership in PhilHealth will not be enough. Duterte should address the systematic and organized corruption in PhilHealth.

Whether it will be Sec. Chua who will take Morales’ position in PhilHealth, it will just be futile if Duterte will not address the root cause of the systematic and organized corruption in PhilHealth.

‘There is always corruption in PhilHealth,’ admitted in a Senate hearing by no less than their President and CEO, a retired Army brigadier general, Ricardo Morales.

He also admitted that there is a ‘systemic’ fraud and that it could not be solved in one year, or even in years to come.

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission had already submitted an initial report on its investigation and recommended the filing of graft and corruption cases against 36 high-ranking and mid-level officials of the state health insurer; PACC executives have also concluded that PhilHealth lost is already over P153B since 2013 due to fraud.

Here are some of the controversies in recent years involving PhilHealth, its officials and employees, and partner establishments:
– PhilHealth’s proposed ICT budget bloated by P734 million, says official
– Cataract surgery scam (2015)
– Excessive travel allowance for PhilHealth interim chief
– Officers and employees protest vs gross mismanagement of finances and operations of the Corporation (2018)
– Kidney treatments of ‘ghost patients’ (2019)

Kabataan Partylist condemns the continuous and intensified corruption in PhilHealth under the Duterte regime and especially amid the pandemic when the Filipino people are in dire need of medical attention.###

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August 13, 2020

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