Baka may anomalya: Ombudsman asked to subpoena Duque’s SALN
The Office of the Ombudsman has been asked to look into the statements of assets, liability and net worth (SALN) of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III who is facing a criminal complaint over an anomalous lease deal.
This was sought by the complainants who asked the Ombudsman to subpoena the SALN of Duque.
“While PhilHealth funds are being dissipated and misappropriated to benefit respondents Duque as well as his immediate relatives, Dengvaxia victims and the poor Filipino people who cannot afford medical, diagnostic, and hospital expenses are being deprived of full coverage of PhilHealth funds in case of indigency,” read the motion of the complainants who are all parents of 11 children who died after they got inoculated with the Dengvaxia vaccine.
In their complaint, the complainants accused Duque and his co-respondents of having committed graft plunder, and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards.
The complaint concerns the 2018 deal with Educational and Medical Development Corporation (EMDC) which leased its a building for Philhealth’s regional office in Region 1.
The complainants said the lease was exorbitant and that Duque had financial interest in the deal since he is a substantial stockholder at EMDC.
“Apparently, respondent Dr. Duque III has upheld his personal interest over the interest of the public. Public officials and employees are enjoined not to have any financial or material interest, directly or indirectly, in any transaction requiring the approval of their office,” read the complaint.