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PhilHealth senior vice president resigns amid Senate hearings on alleged corruption

Another employee has resigned from Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) amid the ongoing probe of the Senate and Congress regarding the alleged widespread corruption within the agency.

Augustus de Villa, PhilHealth’s Senior Vice President and among those who attended the Senate Hearing on August, submitted his resignation letter on August 6—copy furnishing Senate President Vicente Sotto III

“I hereby tender my irrevocable resignation, effective immediately. The Vice Chairman knows full well the reasons. Be assured that I will make myself available for the ongoing investigations in aid of legislation in both Houses of the Congress of the Philippines,” he said in the letter.

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De Villa was recently asked by Senators to present the hidden documents involving PhilHealth’s plan to purchase overpriced ICT equipment.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, meanwhile, said other officials should resign too out of “delicadeza.”

“I think all senior executives should, out of delicadeza, resign. But unless [Health Secretary Francisco] Duque resigns then we will see little or no progress in effectively managing the pandemic,” he said.

Earlier, former PhilHealth employee Thorrsson Montes Keith claimed that top executives of the agency have stolen around PHP15 billion through fraudulent means.

Testifying before the Senate Committee on the Whole, he claimed that the amount stolen from the agency has reached such a big amount due to the culture cultivated by these higher officials.

“Naniniwala po ako na ang dahilan kung bakit hindi natatapos ang korapsyon sa PhilHealth at naging kultura na po nito, ay ang pagtatalaga ng mga sindikato o mafia ng kanilang kasamahan, kasabwat o kapwa sindikato sa mga matataas na posisyon na nakakatulong sa kanilang iligal operasyon,” he said.

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