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Lacson urges task force not to be swayed by Rody’s opinion of Duque


Now that President Duterte has virtually cleared Health Secretary Francisco Duque III of wrongdoings, Senator Panfilo Lacson said the ball is now in the hands of the task force assigned to investigate independently on the alleged corruption at the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.

In a text message, Lacson said the Senate could not impose its findings to its co-equal branch.

“The executive being an independent and separate branch of government is not bound by the Senate’s findings regardless of individual alliances of the majority of its members with the President,” Lacson said in a text message.

“While the just adopted committee of the whole report contains recommendations involving the filing of charges against several PhilHealth officials including its chairman who is Sec. Duque, it bears watching how the DOJ-led task force will treat those findings and recommendations now that the President has virtually cleared Duque of any wrongdoing,” he added.

In a separate tweet, Lacson, without mentioning Duterte, said it is already “end of story” for the corruption allegations against Duque as new PhilHealth President and CEO Dante Gierran was also under Duterte’s authority.

“With his appointed chief investigator to his right and one of those being accused in the PhilHealth mess to his left, he cleared the accused of any wrongdoing. End of story,” he said in a tweet.

Asked to expound his tweet, Lacson said “I’m hoping that the DOJ-led TF investigating the PhilHealth’s anomalies will continue performing its mandate, guided only by their appreciation of the evidence no matter who is involved, with or without the president’s expressed opinion on Sec. Duque.”

In a public address Monday night, Duterte told Duque that it is not “the time” to resign and that he still trusts him. Duque for his part thanked the president.

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