WITH the Senate Committee of the Whole having already come up with a committee report on its investigation on the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or PhilHealth, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said he trusts the Senate to be fair.
Duque said attending various concerns of the Department of Health, Inter-Agency Task Force and Philhealth is not an easy task for a man who has made advancing public health care in the country a personal mission.
“These are not normal times and it is not easy for me to just accept all the blows hurled at me. I attended the Senate hearing to cooperate with the Senate in ascertaining the truth. I am disappointed though that the Senate has recommended the filing of charges against me,” he said.
Duque pointed out that it is unfortunate that the Senate had decided to implead him on PhilHealth Board Resolution No. 2515 dated 31 March 2020, when he has not participated in its deliberation nor signed any document relative to it.
“If the findings are designed to remove me, let it be said that I have a constitutional duty to do my job unless the President says otherwise. If my service is no longer needed, I will go but I will clear the name of my father first because I have not caused any injury to the government and to the Filipinos. We may have differences in policies, but I continue to do my duties despite the attacks made against my person. Tanging hangad ko po ay magtrabaho ng marangal,” he stressed.
However, the health chief remained confident and optimistic that the Senate will be just.