Duterte says it would be best for Morales to resign
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Ricardo Morales was willing to resign from his post as Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president and chief executive officer , as the government’s insurance agency is enmeshed in corruption charges involving billions of pesos allegedly perpetrated by its top executives..
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday said Medialdea told him that he had talked with Morales who said he would understand if he had to be replaced.
Guevarra also said that President Rodrigo Duterte has told him that it would be best for Morales to step down over health issues.
“The President took note last night of Morales’ on-and-off health situation, and stated that it would be best for the latter and for PhilHealth to give up his post during these critical times for the agency,” Guevarra said in a message to reporters.
He said Medialdea had talked earlier to Morales who said he would understand if he had to be replaced.
Duterte earlier issued a memorandum directing Guevarra to form a task force that will investigate the alleged widespread corruption in the PhilHealth.
On August 10, Morales filed medical leave upon the advice of his doctor due to lymphoma.
The 67-year-old retired Army general was appointed to head PhilHealth in August last year.
After retiring from the Philippine Army in 2009, Morales became vice president and general manager of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) General Insurance Corp. for a year before becoming president of the AFP Mutual Benefit Association Inc. (with PNA report)