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Plunder raps filed vs. Duque over lease contract with PhilHealth

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III faces a criminal complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman over an alleged anomalous lease deal made by Philhealth with his family’s firm.

The complaint was filed by parents of 11 dead children who got inoculated with the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine.

In their complaint, the complainants accused Duque of having committed graft plunder, and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards.

The complaint concerns the 2018 deal with Educational and Medical Development Corporation (EMDC) which leased its a building for Philhealth’s regional office in Region 1.

The complainants said the lease was exorbitant and that Duque had financial interest in the deal since he is a substantial stockholder at EMDC.

“Apparently, respondent Dr. Duque III has upheld his personal interest over the interest of the public. Public officials and employees are enjoined not to have any financial or material interest, directly or indirectly, in any transaction requiring the approval of their office,” read the complaint.

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