PhilHealth chief to stay until proof of corruption surfaces, Palace says

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According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, President Rodrigo Duterte will not fire Ricardo Morales as head of the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp unless there is evidence of corruption against the retired military general.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are investigating PhilHealth over alleged corruption issues following a string of claims against officials of the state insurer. 

“The President has said that he will not fire him unless there’s evidence and I think the Senate now is in the process of documenting this evidence,” the spokesman said in an interview on CNN Philippines.

Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, who continues to be the president’s close aide despite being elected in the Senate, have told Roque that Duterte continues to trust Morales amid corruption allegations.

“I think after the evidence are unearthed, the President will move and do the correct thing,” Roque said.

“He knows that people are counting on PhilHealth at the time of a pandemic and we cannot afford the citizenry to lose their faith and trust in the agency that is most relevant to them when there is a threat of disease,” he added.