Malacañang assured the public that PhilHealth will not go bankrupt despite an official from the agency claiming the state insurance agency could actually collapse by 2022 if COVID-19 persists.
In his Friday presser, Roque said “Hindi po mangyayari ‘yan (That won’t happen). Eventually, PhilHealth is guaranteed by the government.”
“Gobyerno po talaga ang magdadagdag ng budget sa PhilHealth galing po sa kaban ng taumbayan (Government will add on PhilHealth’s budget as taken from the treasury),” he added, stressing, “Hindi po natin papayagang mabangkarote ang PhilHealth kahit ano po ang mangyari (We won’t allow PhilHealth to go bankrupt no matter what).”
According to Roque, what PhilHealth really needs are people who can take care of the people’s contributions to the agency.
PhilHealth is currently being investigated in the Senate over allegations of corruption concerning the P2-billion IT system acquisitions and alleged “fake” COVID-19 cases.
The agency’s former anti-fraud officer Thorsson Montes Keith also alleged that PhilHealth’s high-ranking executives were able to steal P15 billion from the agency through the years.
PhilHealth has denied this allegation.
President Duterte has ordered Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to form a task force that will look into the allegation of corruption in the agency.