Philippines: House panels recommend charges vs cabinet, Philhealth officials

A joint congressional committee on Tuesday recommended  charges of syndicated estafa, plunder and graft against former and incumbent executive officers, employees and board members, including four Cabinet members, of the Philippine Health Insurance  Commission in connection with the massive fund anomalies that have plagued the state insurer for more than a decade.

Included among those to be criminally held liable were Philhealth chairman and  Health Secretary Francisco Duque and board members Secretaries Silvestre Bello III (labor) ; Wendel E. Avisado (budget) ; Rolando Joselito Bautista (social welfare and development)  and Carlos Dominguez (finance).

Also to be charged are former Philhealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales, EVP  Arnel De Jesus, SVP Israel Pargas, Renato Limsiaco, Rodolfo del Rosario, and Senior Manager Rogelio Pocallan Jr.

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