Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra assured on Wednesday (Jan. 13) more criminal complaints will be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) concerning corrupt activities at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
“We want to convey the message to the people that the anti-corruption campaign of the government is a continuing effort,” he said.
“While our system of justice grinds rather slowly, we can assure that it works and that justice will eventually be served,” he added.
Aside from the PhilHealth, Guevarra assured that the DOJ-led Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC) has not veered away from investigating other government agencies.
“We’re now shifting our focus to other agencies where corruption is likewise prevalent,” he said.
The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), a member of the TFAC, has filed this month a complaint before the OMB against 21 former and current PhilHealth officials over fraudulent health claims in Region I.
Aside from the PACC, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), another TFAC member, also filed a complaint before the OMB last Jan. 11 a complaint against 17 persons including former and current PhilHealth officials over the anomalous release of funds of the Interim Reimbursement Mechanism to a health care institution in Taguig City.