MANILA — Former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran has been appointed by President Duterte as the new head of the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
This was confirmed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a text message to reporters Monday night.
Gierran’s appointment was announced by President Duterte during his meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force Lorenza said.
With the appointment, Gierran now replaces Ricardo Morales, who resigned last week as PhilHealth president and CEO in the middle of scathing investigations from the Department of Justice, by both Houses of congress and due to his medical condition.
Gierran served as NBI chief in 2016 until his retirement last February and was replaced by Eric Distor who was named officer-in-charge of the NBI.
Reports have it that Morales is now undergoing treatment for lymphoma. President asked him to resign from his post due to his medical condition.
The President has since created an inter-agency task force led by the DOJ to probe PhilHealth officials over the corruption claims which were unearthed during recent congressional inquiries.
Among allegations of corruption raised involve the procurement of alleged overpriced IT equipment; a supposedly questionable release of funds under the corporation’s Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM); and the alleged manipulation of the corporation’s financial status.