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Duterte orders creation of task force to probe PhilHealth controversies

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Justice to form a task force that will investigate the alleged widespread corruption in PhilHealth, Malacañang announced.

In a virtual presser Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the task force will include the Office of the Ombudsman, Commission on Audit, Civil, Service Commission, Office of the Executive Secretary, and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Council.

“Sang ayon sa memorandum ng ating Presidente na kaka-issue lang ngayon lang po, kinakailangan bumuo ng task force na kabibilangan ng Ombudsman, Commission on Audit, Civil Service Commision, Office of the Executive Secretary at PACC para mag imbestiga, maglitis, magsuspend, mag conduct ng lifestyle check at ipakulong ang lahat ng magnanakaw diyan sa PhilHealth,” according to Roque.

“Dati rati paulit-ulit nag-iimbestiga ang Kamara at ang Senado walang nangyaayri kasi walang kapangyarihan ng preventive suspension. Ngayon ang imbestigasyong ito kasama ang preventive suspension,” he added.

Earlier, former PhilHealth Anti-Fraud Legal Officer Atty. Thorsson Montes Keith alleged that around P15 billion in public funds had been “stolen” by so-called “mafia” inside the agency.

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