Resigned officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will not be spared if they are found liable for corrupt activities at the State-run health insurer, assured Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra today.
“At the end of this investigation, we hope to be able to build up enough cases against persons responsible for the PhilHealth mess, whether or not they continue to be in PhilHealth’s employ,” the Justice Secretary said.
Guevarra, convenor of Task Force PhilHealth which is investigating anomalies at the government corporation, pointed this out following the resignations this week of PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales and senior vice president for the legal sector Rodolfo del Rosario.
“The quiet investigation being conducted by Task Force PhilHealth is running well, although we are aware that our resource persons are not telling us everything that we ought to know,” the Justice Secretary said.
The task force has conducted several hearings and seven persons from PhilHealth have testified as resource persons.
Among them were Del Rosario and PhilHealth Senior Vice President for Finance Policy Management Israel Pargas who appeared last Monday.
Del Rosario resigned thereafter.
Meanwhile, Guevarra said the person President Duterte should pick to lead the PhilHealth must have a steep experience in financial management and deep understanding of the law, and has a good amount of charisma to inspire and rally the good people at PhilHealth to start rebuilding the public’s trust in and respect for their agency.