MANILA -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Sunday said he is not asking for the resignation of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III over the issue of fraud and "ghost" claims in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
According to Lacson, he is merely pointing out what Duque should have done after the issue of false claims surfaced.
"He has lost that opportunity to show propriety. He should have done that when all the members of the PhilHealth board which he chairs were asked by the President to submit their courtesy resignation. He should have set the example right then and there. Submitting a courtesy resignation is not in any way an admission of guilt. It only shows self-respect and responsible leadership," he said.
"I did not call for his resignation by the way. I was only trying to point out a couple of issues: double standard on the part of the President and propriety in the case of Sec. Duque.
"Saying he should have tendered his courtesy resignation even without being asked but out of propriety and asking for his resignation are entirely two different things," Lacson added.
Lacson on Thursday tweeted about Duque's history as Health secretary in 2004, under the administration of then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Duque found Lacson's actions unjust as the issue he mentioned has long been dismissed by the Ombudsman and Supreme Court in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
PhilHealth has been under fire following an alleged "ghost" claim for dialysis.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he is expecting PhilHealth executives to file their resignation.
- with a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News