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Takot sumabit? PhilHealth exec quits amid corruption probe

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PhilHealth Senior Vice President Augustus De Villa has resigned from his post amid back to back congressional investigations on alleged corruption within the agency.

De Villa’s letter, dated August 6, was shared by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.

“I hereby tender my irrevocable resignation, effective immediately… The Vice Chairman knows full well the reasons,” De Villa said, referring to PhilHealth president and CEO Ricardo Morales.

“Be assured that I will make myself available for the ongoing investigations in aid of legislation in both Houses of the Congress of the Philippines,” he added.

Sotto said De Villa “must have a very good reason for resigning in the midst of the controversy.”

Senators had asked De Villa during the Senate hearing on alleged corruption in Philhealth to produce documents related to the agency’s plan to purchase supposedly overpriced information technology equipment.

The Senate investigation was prompted by the allegation of resigned Philhealth anti-fraud officer Thorrsson Montes Keith about “widespread corruption” within the agency.

Morales has acknowledged there is corruption in Philhealth but denied he was protecting the supposed “mafia” that supposedly includes officials in the executive committee.

Philhealth denied in a statement Keith’s claim that officials pocketed P15 billion.

“His malicious claims not substantiated by evidence were obviously made to malign officers that rejected his ambitions for higher offices which he is not qualified for,” the state insurer said.

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