Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) President and Chief Executive Officer Dante Gierran on Tuesday assured the public that PhilHealth’s operations will not be affected by the filing of charges by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against nine of its previous and incumbent officials.
“PhilHealth assures the public that the case and those that will be filed henceforth will not in any way affect the operations of the agency,” Gierran said in a statement.
He said that he welcomes the move of the NBI to file criminal complaints against PhilHealth officials including his predecessor Ricardo Morales, over the issue of Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) funds provided to healthcare facilities nationwide as part of its COVID-19 response.
Aside from Morales, also charged were Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Arnel de Jesus, Senior Vice President Renato Limsiaco Jr., Senior Vice President Israel Francis Pargas, Vice President Gregorio Rulloda, Imelda Trinidad de Vera, Lolita Tuliao, Gemma Sibucao, and Lailani Padua.
“The matter will now be properly heard and looked into by the Ombudsman, and that the concerned officers will now have the opportunity to be heard and defend themselves against allegations of fund misuse,” said Gierran.
The PhilHealth chief appealed to the public to “let the said complaint take its due course without casting undue conclusion and judgment to those involved.”
“PhilHealth will always be one with the nation’s hope that these actions will exonerate the innocent while those at fault be made to suffer the full force of the law,” Gierran said.