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How to get away from Senate probe: Doctor advises Philhealth chief Morales to go on leave for chemotherapy

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Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) president and Chief Executive Officer Ricardo Morales has been advised by his doctor to go on leave as the agency faces a congressional investigation due to alleged corruption.

In a medical certificate submitted to the Senate Committee of the Whole, Morales’ attending oncologist said he was going through cancer treatment at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center for lymphoma.

“He is advised to complete 6 cycles of treatment during which he will be immunocompromised and vulnerable to opportunistic infections. It is, therefore, in his best interest that I have advised him to take a leave of absence,” said the doctor, whose name has been redacted on the document shared to the media Saturday (August 8).

The oncologist said a recommendation shall be made on when Morales can resume work after he undergoes a repeatPET CT scan following his chemotherapy cycles.

The Senate Committee of the Whole will resume on Tuesday, August 11, its investigation on the alleged anomalies in Philhealth.

Morales was physically present at the first hearing held by the committee on August 4.

He has denied allegations that he is coddling a supposed “mafia” within Philhealth but admitted that corruption exists because it is a large organization.

Morales said steps are being undertaken to address corruption inside Philhealth.

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