A special task force organized by President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate alleged corruption scandals at the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is currently checking 20 more cases. 

Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento said these new cases are additional to the current seven complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) before the Office of the Ombudsman

Malcontento explained to congressmen in a House panel hearing that there are already six PhilHealth-corruption concerns pending at the Office of the Ombudsman even before the task force was formed. 

The Department of Justice (DOH) also said it is handling other seven cases, some of which are already in court, even before the task force started working. 

The NBI also filed seven more according to the findings of the task force last year. 

The task force found out that PhilHealth executives were negligent in their duties handling the Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM), certain procurements, and accountability. The DOJ-led task force formed smaller teams to further do more specific investigations after submitting an initial report to Duterte. 

The NBI last October filed complaints against PhilHealth executives including former PhilHealth chief Ricardo Morales over its handling of the IRM.

Duterte appointed former NBI Director Dante Gierran to replace Morales who resigned last year.

The NBI also filed another complaint against PhilHealth for the alleged anomalous release of IRM funds to a dialysis clinic which allegedly already faces numerous administrative cases.

The state health insurance agency said the IRM aims to give financial assistance to eligible health care institutions affected by “fortuitous events.” Ronald dela Cruz