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Guevarra in charge: DOJ to lead task force to probe PhilHealth corruption

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday (Aug. 7) he will immediately create a task force to look into alleged corrupt activities of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Guevarra made the move after having received the memorandum from President Rodrigo Duterte who told him to look into the alleged corrupt activities.

“I have just received the President’s memo,” he said.

“I will form a high-level task force immediately,” he assured.

In his memo, Duterte ordered Guevarra to create a panel which will investigate “the various allegations of corruption and anomalies in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), including the audit of the PhilHealth finances and conduct of lifestyle checks on its officials and employees.”

Once the panel has been formed, Duterte gave it 30 days to submit “its findings and recommendations, which shall include, proposed legal actions against officials and employees found responsible for acts of corruption and anomalies in PhilHealth.”

The President told Guevarra the panel may seek other government agencies and instrumentalities to form the panel or assist it.

“It may also seek the assistance of the constitutional commissions and other independent government bodies, and even invite them to be members of the panel,” said Duterte.

During the course of the investigation, the President said the panel “may recommend to the President the imposition of preventive suspension on any PhilHealth official to ensure the unhampered conduct of the investigation.”

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