Finance Secretary Sonny Domginguez is not interested in taking over as chairman of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
This was revealed by Senate President Tito Sotto who said President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a plan to tap the Finance Scretary as Philhealth chairman in place of the Health Secretary under its charter.
“Sabi ko palitan natin yung chairman gawin nating nakakaintindi ng pera, marunong humawak ng pera, secretary ng finance. Although ang balita ko medyo ang sagot yata ni Secretary Dominguez is pass,” said Sotto in radio interview.
“(Pero) kapapinasa namin yung batas, wala naman siyang magagawa. Payag ang Presidente, umoo ang Presidente, ganoon talaga.,” he added.
Sotto met with Duterte in Malacanang last September 16 to discuss corruption and red tape issues, including the multi-billion corruption scandal involving Philhealth officials.
Sotto is hoping to complete proposed amendments to the Philhealth’s 1995 charter by December this year. “Yung suggestion ko na sabi ko pagbigyan natin hanggang December kung maganda naman ang kinikilos ni (new Philhealth President) Dante Gierran, tapos palitan natin yung ano (chairman), aapurahin namin yung bill.,” said Sotto.
Aside from changing the Philhealth Chairman, Sotto said the Senate planned to revamp the Philhealth board to make its membership more insurance savvy.
.”Suggestion ni Senator (Frank) Drilon, sa labing isang member ng board. Hahanap kami ng isa doon na hindi masyadong mahalaga, ipapalit namin yung chairman ng Insurance Commission,” said Sotto.
Q: Hindi pa member yung taga insurance commission?
SP Sotto: Hindi.