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Advance siya mag-isip! Ping spots PhilHealth chief’s legal defense

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Is Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president Ricardo Morales preparing for his day in court this early?

Sen. Panfilo Lacson raised the possibility Wednesday when Morales invoked the assumption of regularity amid corruption at PhilHealth.

“May nakausap na abogado yan. Parang subliminally ini-invoke na niya Arias vs Sandiganbayan, jurisprudence na iniisip niya. Parang thinking ahead pag nagkakaso ito ang defense ko. Arias vs Sandigan ginagamit ng ibang lawyers yan dahil jurisprudence yan,” Lacson said.

He said the Arias vs Sandiganbayan doctrine was invoked by former President Gloria Arroyo.

The doctrine says a head of an agency relies merely on the studies and due diligence of his or her staff.

“Existing jurisprudence yan na laging ginagamit na defense sa kaso na hinaharap. Natawa ako sinabi niyang ganoon naisip ko agad may nakausap na abogado ito. Parang subliminally nag-i-invoke ka na ng defense mo sa korte,” Lacson said.

“Nag-i-invoke na nga siya. Thinking ahead ito depensa ko dahil ito sinubmit sa akin ng execom ako tagapirma lang ako may lusot ako under existing jurisprudence. Kaya natawa ako lumingon ako sa abogado ko sabi ko parang Arias vs Sandiganbayan ang ini-invoke nito,” he added.

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