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By Prince Golez

The task force investigating the issues hounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) must provide documentary evidence to pin down officials and employees responsible for the rampant corruption within the agency, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said.

Panelo said it is important to have the paperwork to back up testimonial evidence.

“‘Yung pag-iimbestiga, at kung gusto mong maghabla ng mga taong sa tingin mo ay may kasalanan, kailangan mayroon kang ebidensya, hindi lamang testimonya, kasi madaling magsalita,” according to President Rodrigo Duterte’s chief counsel.

“Kailangan ‘yun ay backed up by documents, paper trail. Kasi sasabihin mo, ‘yan sangkot ‘yan dito, iyan nagre-release ng ganito, kung salita lang, pero wala naman sa dokumento, wala sa papel, eh di-dismiss lang ‘yan ng hukuman. Kaya kailangan, maingat ‘yung Task Force diyan,” he also said.

Last month, Duterte ordered Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to form a task force to investigate alleged irregularities within the state insurer following former PhilHealth anti-fraud legal officer Thorrsson Montes Keith’s revelation that ranking agency officials pocketed P15 billion in funds.

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