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Duterte threatens corrupt PhilHealth officials: Yayariin ko kayo!

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to go after PhilHealth officials and employees who were involved in corrupt practices.

“Huwag kayong magkakamali, itong PhilHealth. Sabi ko, yayariin ko kayo. Maniwala kayo. Yung mga inosente naman wala kayong dapat i-ano, tahimik lang kayo at continue working,” Duterte said during his public address late Monday.

The Chief Executive earlier directed the Department of Justice to form a panel to investigate the alleged widespread corruption and anomalies within the state-run health insurance agency.

The panel may recommend the imposition of preventive suspension on any PhilHealth official to ensure the unhampered conduct of the investigation, his August 7 memo to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stated.

Former anti-fraud legal officer Thorrsson Montes Keith had claimed that a “mafia” in PhilHealth stole P15 billion from its funds.

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