Duterte to evaluate Senate inquiry report on PhilHealth corruption

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has assured President Duterte had “professional competence” to evaluate the report of the Senate regarding controversies surrounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth),

He said the President who is both lawyer and former fiscal, knows the rules of evidence, and will decide on whether the conclusion of the Senate is believable or not.

Roque’s assurance was in reaction to an earlier statement by Senate President Tito Sotto that President Duterte may  change his mind on Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and eventually relieve him from his post once he reads the Senate committee of the whole’s report.

During his Cabinet meeting Monday evening, however, the President urged Duque not to resign which suggests he maintains his trust in his Health Secretary.

The Senate committee report which Roque said the President has yet to read, recommends the filing of malversation charges against Duque and other PhilHealth’s top-ranking officials over the alleged misuse of the Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) funds and the overpriced information technology (IT) system project of the agency.

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