PhilHealth chief’s medical leave won’t hamper Senate probe, filing of charges – Sotto
MANILA, Philippines— The decision of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president Ricardo Morales to take a medical leave will not stop the Senate from investigating and filing of charges against officials involved in alleged massive corruption within the agency, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Monday morning.
Morales earlier announced in a television interview that he would take a medical leave as advised by his doctor.
“I have already relayed to my bosses my intentions and it’s up to them to decide. My fate is in their hands. It’s medical leave,” Morales said.
Sought for comment, Sotto said: “That’s fine. It won’t stop our inquiry and other witnesses and testimonies from coming out.”
The Senate, constituted as the committee of the whole, is set to resume on Tuesday its probe into the latest allegations of corruption and overpricing involving PhilHealth officials.
“It won’t also stop the filing of charges against erring officials of PhilHealth if warranted,” Sotto stressed.
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