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Palace mum on PhilHealth execs’ plan to skip Senate hearing

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang refused to comment on the possible absence of PhilHealth’s high-ranking officials in the next Senate hearing on the alleged irregularities in the state health insurer.

PhilHealth chief Ricardo Morales and executive vice president Arnel De Jesus earlier sent medical certificates to the Senate Committee of the Whole, stating they would not be able to attend the hearing on August 11.

“We leave it to the Senate, a separate co-equal branch, to comment on reports that officials of the PhilHealth may skip their hearing, scheduled on August 11, for medical / health reasons,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement Sunday.

Roque, however, said the Justice department-led task force instructed by the President to investigate and propose legal actions, audit PhilHealth finances, and conduct lifestyle checks among its officials and employees will proceed in its mandate.

“There is no turning back as we expect the Task Force to submit its findings and recommendations to the Office of the President within thirty (30) days after its constitution as directed by the Chief Executive,” he added.

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