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Ombudsman orders suspension of PhilHealth execs linked to fund anomaly

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Ombudsman orders suspension of PhilHealth execs linked to fund anomaly

THE Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the preventive suspension of several officials from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) who were charged over the alleged anomalous releases of the Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) funds totaling P2.7 billion.

“After a thorough consideration of the records, this Office finds sufficient cause to place respondents under preventive suspension pursuant to Section 24 of Republic Act No. 6770, also known as the Ombudsman Act of 1989…”, the Ombudsman said in its Consolidated Order.

The respondents are: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Arnel de Jesus; Renato Limsiaco of the Fund Management Sector; Senior Vice President-Health Finance Policy Sector Israel Francis Pargas; Area Vice President for Area II Gregorio Rulloda, concurrent Vice President of PhilHealth Regional Office-National Capital Region (PRO-NCR); and Lolita Tuliao, PRO-NCR Central Branch manager.

The other respondents were Imelda Trinidad de Vera-Pe, Gemma Sibucao, and Lailani Padua.

The Ombudsman’s order stemmed from a complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation–National Capital Region (NBI-NCR).

   

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