Task force set to submit PhilHealth probe report today

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    A TASK force investigating alleged anomalies at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is set to submit its report to Malacañang today.

    “Our report will attempt to present the general environment at PhilHealth, which enables fraud and corruption, and specific instances where fraudulent or corrupt acts have been perpetrated because of this enabling environment,” said Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra who heads the task force created by President Duterte last month.

    Guevarra said it will be an initial report and composite teams will continue investigations and special audits and “file legal actions as they finish one case after another.”

    Last week during a meeting with the President, Guevarra said the task force’s recommendations will include the filing of cases against personnel at PhilHealth which has reportedly lost billions to corruption.

    Aside from the DOJ, the task force is composed of investigators from the Ombudsman, Commission on Audit, Civil Service Commission, Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, the National Bureau of Investigation, Anti-Money Laundering Council, and the National Prosecution Service.

    The President ordered the creation of the task force amid investigations by the Senate and the House and following disclosure by whistleblowers of alleged fraudulent activities in the agency, including the questionable release of funds through its interim reimbursement mechanism (IRM) program, alleged overpriced IT equipment, and overpriced coronavirus test kits, among others.