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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday commended Ombudsman Samuel Martires for “trying his best” to expedite investigation into the alleged irregularities in Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

In his latest late-night address, Duterte described Martires as a “very reasonable man.”

“We just want to expedite and cut the delay, because that is really the strategy of a lawyer to prolong the case until such time na yung complainant mawalaan ng hangin,” the chief executive said.

“Itong sa PhilHealth iba ito kasi intersado ang gobyerno eh. It’s a very commendable act of the Ombudsman in trying to go out and help… I do not even know him. Pero ganun ang nakuha mong reception sa kanya,” he added.

Duterte also hoped the executive branch maintains its good relations with the Ombudsman.

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