President Rodrigo Duterte has requested Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president and chief executive officer (CEO) Ricardo Morales to leave his position due to health reasons.
According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Duterte advised Morales on Monday, August 24.
“The President took note last night of Morales’ on-and-off health situation, and stated that it would be best for the latter and for Philhealth to give up his post during these critical times for the agency,” Guevarra said.
Meanwhile, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea had talked to Morales earlier that day and had said that Morales was fine with Duterte’s suggestion.
“ES Medialdea added that he had talked earlier to Morales, and that the latter said he would understand if he had to be replaced,” Guevarra stated.
The PhilHealth CEO is undergoing cancer treatment and has been on medical leave due to his condition. Morales has also been absent from the previous congressional hearings for the same reason.
With this, the Place has been eyeing for someone to take over his position.
Despite allegations of corruption in the state-insurer firm, Duterte sided with Morales. Malacañang said that the President would only fire the PhilHealth chief if he saw evidence of anomalies.
Morales said he would vacate his post on Wednesday, August 26, after President Rodrigo Duterte suggested him to leave the agency due to his health condition.
Earlier, Morales said in a radio interview that he would submit a hard copy of his resignation letter to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
“Ngayong umaga, I have to file it so that mayroong hard copy. Alam mo naman, burukrasya tayo, ” Morales said.
The PhilHealth CEO then thanked the President for allowing him to take a break so he could focus on his health condition.
“Nagpapasalamat na rin ako sa Pangulo na pinayagan niya akong magpahinga. Maaatupag ko na iyong aking kalusugan at iyong aking pamilya,” Morales said.
According to the PhilHealth chief, he is helping with the ongoing investigation in the alleged fraudulent activities in the state-insurer firm.
“I’m confident that I will be given a fair treatment,” Morales said.
In addition, Morales said that he is prepared if he will be charged with a criminal case.
“Kasama ‘yan sa gobyerno. Kapag pumasok ka sa gobyerno…occupational hazard ‘yan e, ” Morales further said.
Meanwhile, the task force that investigates the alleged corruption in the agency suggested that an interim management committee lead the state insurer’s operations while the investigation is ongoing.