6 PhilHealth regional VPs take leave of absence amid investigations

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Six regional vice presidents of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation have filed their leave of absence while the agency faces several probes regarding corruption allegations against its officials.

The six include Paolo Perez, Valerie Hollero, Datu Masiding Alonto, Khaliquzmman Macabato, Dennis Adre, and William Chavez, whose leave of absence took effect on Monday, August 17.

In a letter dated August 15, the PhilHealth officials announced their leave of absence to express cooperation on their part.

“The ongoing Senate and House of Representatives investigations into graft and corruption at PhilHealth demands full cooperation from all its officers and staff. This is necessary to help determine and assign culpability in the most expeditious manner,” the letter said.

“This will give investigators a free hand in finding out those responsible and finally bring them to account.”

The names of the six Philhealth regional vice presidents were mentioned in the Senate hearing last week.

In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Malacañang considers the officials’ move as “the right and proper thing to do.”

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.