Philippine Health Insurance Company President and CEO Ricardo Morales vehemently denied that he is a “coddler” of the alleged mafia that holds the power within the agency.
At the Senate Committee of the Whole, Morales was asked to enumerate his efforts to combat corruption in the agency and address the “strong allegations” that he was tolerating the acts done by the members of the alleged mafia.
He said he initially asked Senior Vice President of Legal Sector Rodolfo del Rosario to disclose his efforts to clean the agency since he was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2019 but he was forced to divulge it himself.
Morales said he reviews the cases filed against erring officials and investigates the reports of discrepancies within the agency.
After this, he asked the senators anew to go into the executive session to divulge his efforts to combat fraud inside PhilHealth.
Morales was asked how many officials have been dismissed due to corruption in which he replied none.
The PhilHealth chief was chided over the apparent lack of results in his review of fraud allegations inside the agency.
“I deny that I am the coddler of the wrongdoers in PhilHealth and I manifested earlier that if I could have an executive session to be able to explain my side,” Morales said.
Resigned Anti-Fraud Legal Officer Atty. Thorsson Keith tagged members of the Executive Committee as the mafia inside PhilHealth. This was the group that allegedly pocketed at least P15 billion funds from the state insurance corporation.
At the latter part of the hearing, sitting PhilHealth Board Member, Alejandro Cabading also tagged four PhilHealth officials as members of the syndicate.
Responding to Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Cabading saidSenior Vice President for Fund Management Sector Renato Limsiaco, Senior Vice President for Legal Sector Rodolfo Del Rosario Jr., Senior Vice President for Management Services Sector Dennis Mas, and Corporate Secretary Jonatahan Mangaoang are the ones who lead the mafia.
“These are the people who are manipulating things inside,” Cabading said.
Cabading explained that they were trying to reconcile and solve the problem within the agency. However, those who were tasked to investigate are being “intimidated” by some officials.