Duque ‘disheartened’ over Pacquiao’s corruption allegations vs DOH

MANILA – Well being Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday mentioned he was once “disheartened” over Senator Manny Pacquiao’s corruption allegations within the Division of Well being (DOH), noting that the company has at all times submitted to the federal government’s auditing efforts. 

In a commentary, the well being division mentioned it is able to go through some other spherical of auditing to pinpoint the place its budget went, and downplayed Pacquiao’s allegations as “baseless.” 

“We publish ourselves to inquiries from legislators as this is part of the assessments and balances in our executive. I’ve at all times been a champion of excellent governance and the DOH has at all times been clear with reference to our fund usage,” Duque was once quoted as pronouncing. 

The rustic’s well being leader additionally mentioned cash from investment businesses does indirectly move to businesses. 

The commentary got here after Pacquiao named the DOH as the primary on his checklist as being the highest corrupt executive place of work within the nation, bringing up the purchases made for private protecting apparatus and overpriced check kits on the peak of the rustic’s combat in opposition to COVID-19. 

“Handa ka ba Sec. Francisco Duque na ipakita ang kabuuan ng iyong ginagastos? Saan napunta ang pera na inutang natin para sa pandemya?” he requested.

(Sec. Francisco Duque, are you ready to offer your whole bills? The place did the cash had been borrowed for the pandemic move?)

However Duque mentioned he’s ready, and would display the place the cash for the vaccine loans ended up. 

The federal government legit additionally cited the experiences they submitted to the Senate and different involved executive businesses at the topic. 

“Ang utang po natin para sa bakuna ay naipaliwanag na midday ng Division of Finance sa Senate Committee of the Complete listening to — ang inutang na pondo ay diretsong napupunta sa vaccine producer mula sa investment company,” he mentioned. 

(Our vaccine loans had been defined to the Division of Finance all through the Senate listening to, and we defined that our budget went without delay to the vaccine producer)

In line with the ABS-CBN (Manila News-Intelligencer) Investigative and Analysis Workforce, as of early April this 12 months, the whole executive loans according to the pandemic has ballooned to P754 billion. 

The P58.5 billion in loans for COVID-19 vaccines include 3 fresh loans—all signed in March—from the International Financial institution, the Asian Building Financial institution (ADB), and the Asian Infrastructure Funding Financial institution (AIIB). They account for simplest 8 % of overall executive loans for COVID-19 reaction to this point.

In the meantime, this isn’t the primary time that the DOH confronted corruption allegations. 

The Senate in September last year beneficial the submitting of malversation and graft fees in opposition to Duque and different officers over alleged corruption on the Philippine Well being Insurance coverage Corp (PhilHealth).

Senators mentioned that Duque, resigned PhilHealth president Ricardo Morales, and different government officials of the insurance coverage company must be charged with malversation and graft for the “flawed and unlawful implementation” of the period in-between repayment mechanism (IRM).

The meant misplaced budget in PhilHealth have already been taken into account, in step with its new leader Dante Gierran.