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May delicadeza! Fed up with corruption, Philhealth exec quits

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A former senior vice president of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) cited corruption Tuesday (August 11) as one of the reasons for his resignation, saying he can no longer serve in an agency full of anomalies.

Augustus De Villa told senators at the hearing of the Senate committee of the whole that he resigned out of “delicadeza” or a sense of propriety.

“Ako po ay isang taong marangal na may dignidad at integridad, malinis po ang aking konsensya at naniwala ako na hindi ako babagay na magsilbi pa sa isang ahensiya ng gobyerno na punong-puno ng alegasyon ng korupsiyon at katiwalaan,” he said.

Philhealth is rocked anew by allegations of corruption, with a resigned anti-fraud officer accusing top officials of the agency of pocketing P15 billion.

De Villa, a doctor, said he has heard allegations of corruption during board meetings of PhilHealth’s executive committee. While he did not elaborate, he said he believes there’s truth to rumors of wrongdoing within the agency.

“Ako po ay naniniwala na mayroon ngang katotohanan, sinadya man o hindi, at ito ay base sa mga lumalabas na pagsusuri,” he said.

“Kung may ebidensiya po, sinabi ko po sa statement ko kanina, ako ay may adbokasiya laban sa katiwalian,” De Villa added.

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