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By Prince Golez

Ricardo Morales tendered his “irrevocable” resignation as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

In his resignation letter dated August 26 and addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte, Morales said he is stepping down from his post, citing ongoing health issues and medical treatment as the main reasons.

“I have been diagnosed with lymphoma last February and my oncologist strongly advised that I need to change my living environment for treatment to take effect,” according to him.

“I am deeply honored by the unwavering trust and confidence you have in me and regret that I cannot continue to contribute more directly to your noble effort to uplift the lives of our people,” the PhilHealth boss wrote.

“Nature, a more powerful force, has spoken and I bow to it. I shall now devote myself to my health and my family who have suffered undeservedly recently. I hope that my resignation shall unburden the Administration of the issues that continue to hound PhilHealth,” he furthered.

His resignation came a day after Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Duterte asked Morales to leave the agency because of his “on-and-off health situation.”

The Chief Executive earlier issued a memorandum directing Guevarra to organize a panel that will investigate the allegations of corruption within the state health insurer.

Morales has been accused of coddling an alleged syndicate who runs various fraudulent schemes in the agency.

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