By John Ezekiel J. Hirro

Malacañang on Friday revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered the investigation of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) after its anti-fraud officer, Thorrsson Keith, revealed anomalies in his resignation letter.

“We view the allegations of Mr. Keith a serious matter and therefore enjoin him, and other officials, to cooperate with the ongoing investigation,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

Keith, a lawyer, stated in his resignation letter that he believed there was “a widespread corruption in PhilHealth.”

He also divulged a “rampant and patent unfairness” in the firm’s promotion process, which he said needed a thorough investigation by an independent agency.

Keith said his salary and hazard pay were delayed since his investigation into PhilHealth officers.

PhilHealth released a statement on Friday, urging Keith to “substantiate his accusations so proper procedures can be initiated.”

Roque, in an interview over GMA News’ Unang Hirit, said he believed the insurance corporation’s top officials were involved in fraudulent activities.

“Ang aking conclusion diyan, may sindikato talaga at ito po iyong pinakamatataas na career executives diyan sa PhilHealth, hindi naman po lahat, hindi natin nilalahat, pero ang talagang matitindi po diyan, iyong mga pinakamatataas ang katungkulan dahil sila ang bumubuo po ng mga polisiya ng PhilHealth,” he said.

Duterte appointed a retired army general, Ricardo Morales, president of Philhealth in August 2019.