Roque files complaint vs. PhilHealth officials for non-remittance of OFW contributions

Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has filed a complaint against officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) before the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged non-remittance of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) contributions amounting to Php50 to Php100 million.
Roque filed the charges against PhilHealth Senior Vice President Dennis Mas, Executive Vice President Ruben John Basa, Vice President for Member Management Group Narisa Sugay, and Vice President for National Capital Region Gilda Salvacion Diaz.
Roque said that the officials violated the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, dereliction of duty, grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, grave abuse of discretion, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
Roque filed the complaint together with former PhilHealth official Ken Sarmiento, who was the head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Operations Office of PhilHealth tasked to administer the National Health Insurance Program for OFWs.
Sarmiento said that from 2015 to 2018, his office discovered 224 questionable receipts.
“From the foregoing, it is clear that the respondents acted with gross inexcusable negligence when they failed to act and respond to the anomalous transactions,” Roque and Sarmiento said in the complaint.
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