“We confirm that six (6) Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) regional officers have filed their leave of absence,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said in a statement August 16.
“These six officials, however, are not the “mafia” referred to by Senator Panfilo Lacson. They were, in fact, referred to as “heroes” by PhilHealth board member Alejandro Cabading during his Senate testimonies,” Secretary Roque added.
“They chose to go on leave and heeded the call of Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra for those whose names are mentioned in the investigation to go on leave. We consider this as the right and proper thing to do,” Roque said.
Roque noted that the Palace reiterates the call of the DOJ Secretary, who heads the PhilHealth Task Force, for those officers under investigation, particularly the members of the Executive Committee (ExeCom) who have been named in the investigations of both Senate and House, to follow their action and go on leave.