Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he will form a high-level task force that will investigate the anomalies at the Philippine Health Insurance Corp (PhilHealth) following a memorandum he received from President Rodrigo Duterte.
“I have just received the President’s memo. I will form a high-level task force immediately,” Guevarra told reporters as he vowed that the investigation will be based on facts.
“We shall base our actions on such facts as may be established and such conclusions as may be reasonably inferred therefrom,” said Guevarra as he responded to query’s shortly after the President, thru Spokesman Harry Roque that the president had issued a memorandum ordering the justice chief to form a task force to investigate the anomalies at PhilHealth.
Je said he is now coordinating with the Office of the Ombudsman, and that he would not issue any statement regarding the reported several anomalies now hurled at PhilHealth.
“I will reserve judgment till the task force has gone to work,” he added.
The task force will be composed of the Office of the Ombudsman, the Commission on Audit (CoA), the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSAP), and other agencies like the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).
The president’s action was based on the early recommendation of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, chair of the committee on health and demography.
“Sa paglabas ng kautusan ngayong araw, inaasahan natin na ang Task Force na ito — sa pangunguna ng DOJ, kasama ang Ombudsman, COA, CSC, OES, at sa tulong rin ng PACC — ay gagawin ang lahat upang matuldukan na ang mga problema sa PhilHealth. Bibigyang diin nito ang problema sa kabuuan ng organisasyon, sa loob at baba ng ahensya, na sanhi ng tinatawag nating ‘deeply rooted and systemic corruption,” said Go in a press statement.