Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said preventive suspension must be meted out to others accused of being involved in corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
Go said the filing of leave of absence by regional officers is just “the start, not the end,” stressing that preventive suspensions would preserve integrity of the probe into anomalies in the government’s insurer.
Six PhilHealth regional officers have filed their leaves of absence upon the urging of Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra who has ordered the creation of a Task Force, led by the National Bureau of Investigation, to conduct a full-blown investigation into anomalies in Philhealth funds involving an estimated P15 billion.
Go stressed that the probe is not finished until the agency is cured from systemic corruption and those responsible for the irregularities are brought to justice.
“Heads must roll,” said Go.
Go urged amendments to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees to allow preventive suspension prior to the start of an investigation in order to prevent any undue influence.
According to Go, systemic corruption is a sickness that needs to be addressed by both curative and preventive measures.
“Let us give the people a clean and effective PhilHealth that they deserve, ” he said.