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May mananagot! Duterte orders filing of charges against people involved in bogus kidney treatments

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to file criminal charges against those involved in the alleged ghost kidney treatments.

“The President directs the management of the PhilHealth to institute criminal actions against those officials and employees who wittingly or unwittingly allowed such misuse of funds to take place for years,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Friday.

Panelo said Duterte also instructed PhilHealth acting president Dr. Roy Ferrer to submit a “detailed report” on the anomalies.

“We will put a stop to this corruption and we will make sure that the law on universal health care is strictly enforced,” according to him.

Panelo also reiterated this administration’s goal to rid the government of corruption.

“All persons involved in the alleged fraud will be prosecuted and face accountability. They shall reap the harshest penalty imposed by law. Nothing can shield them from prosecution and punishment,” he added.

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