More composite teams could be created to investigate corrupt activities at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Thursday (Sept. 17).
“We may create a few more,” he said.
At the moment, Guevarra said there are two composite teams which have been created by the Task Force PhilHealth which investigated corrupt activities at the PhilHealth.
On the other hand, Guevarra said the composite teams that will be created are still under discussion.
“We need to prioritize, lest we spread ourselves too thinly,” he explained.
The task force, which Guevarra created and headed, has already submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte its findings and recommendations which included filing criminal complaints against former PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Arnel De Jesus; Senior Vice Presidents Jovita Aragona, Renato Limsiaco Jr., and Israel Francis Pargas; Officer in Charge Calixto Gabuya Jr.; and Division Chief Bobby Crisostomo.
Guevarra noted that the two composite teams are investigating PhilHealth’s IT and legal sectors.
He noted that each of teams consists of members from the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP) in cooperation with the Commission on Audit (COA).
While, the composite team assigned to probe investigating the legal sector also includes members from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).