PhilHealth officer resigns due to 'widespread corruption' in agency


Posted at Jul 23 2020 11:44 PM

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A man looks at the sign of a PhilHealth local office in Quezon City, June 7, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA - An anti-fraud legal officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) on Thursday tendered his resignation due to alleged widespread corruption in the agency.

In a letter addressed to PhilHealth president and CEO Ricardo Morales, lawyer Thorrsson Montes Keith said he was also stepping down from his post because of alleged unfair job promotion process.

Keith also cited the delayed salaries and hazard pay as reason for his resignation, which allegedly started when he investigated some officers in the state-run insurance agency, he wrote in his letter obtained by ABS-CBN News.

The lawyer also stated he strongly opposes the mandatory payment of PhilHealth contribution by overseas Filipino workers because it was unconstitutional.

"It is against my personal values to let the OFWs pay for the spillages of PhilHealth," he said.

In closing, Keith said, "I think it is better for me to resign and let the course of things go its way."

He did not provide details about his allegations.

PhilHealth, meanwhile, has yet to issue a statement regarding the issue, as of posting.

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In May, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered PhilHealth to make premium payments for OFWs voluntary after thousands signed an online petition protesting the agency's rate hike.

In June, the PhilHealth chief also belied allegations of P154 billion in missing funds and a supposed large-scale syndicate defrauding the agency.

This, after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Morales allegedly failed to curb corruption in PhilHealth due to crooks in the agency.

- With a report from Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News