The enigma that is Duque

According to a news report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) started incurring losses in 2004 due to the non-payment of premiums after then CEO Health Secretary Francisco Duque III launched the distribution of 5 million insurance cards, which bore the picture of then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ahead of the elections then.

“Yun po ang unang dahilan ng pagkalugi ng PhilHealth (That’s the reason PhilHealth went bankrupt),” Dennis Adre, Regional Vice President in Davao City, said during the Tuesday resumption of the Senate probe on alleged corruption in PhilHealth.

Some kibitzers described the reported graft as “stinking corruption hazardous to public health.”

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