Removing all the regional vice presidents of PhilHealth may be easier ordered than implemented, considering that a number of them are protected by the civil service law. This is not to mention that it is unjust and unfair to those who are not involved in shenanigans in PhilHealth.
That said, I’ve known Dante Gierran enough to say that he is a good man. I hope and I mean it – that PhilHealth will not be Dante’s Inferno as he faces the challenges of his new mission.
As a former chief of the National Bureau of Investigation, he should have no trouble coordinating with the powerhouse task force led by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, his former boss, to implement much-needed reforms in PhilHealth.
I hope he will not fall victim to manipulation by parties inside and outside of the agency who have caused the state insurer to lose billions of pesos to corruption – not just for his sake, but for all Filipinos covered by PhilHealth.
QUOTES from TELERADYO INTERVIEW…
On Dante Gierran as New PhilHealth President:
“Unang una galing siya sa NBI. Walang kontrobersya na hinarap ang NBI, maayos ang pamamalakad sa NBI nang siya ang director. On that note, wala tayong masabi na kinasangkutan niyang kontrobersya. Of course ang nakaraan na sinabi ni Matobato, hindi nasusugan ng kaukulang ebidensya ang nangyari sa Davao.”
“Pangalawa I just hope na hindi siya ma-manipulate ng mga tao inside and outside of PhilHealth. Alam naman natin na for the longest time, nauuubos ang pera ng PhilHealth sa anomalya at kalokohan. So yan ang ating pinapanalangin na sana mangyari, di lang para sa kanya kundi para sa ating lahat, kasi tayong lahat dapat sakop ng PhilHealth.”
“:Mabuti lang din dito galing siya sa NBI, dating boss niya si Sec Guevarra na nagsasagawa ng investigation and I think next week deadline niya para mag-submit ng recommendation o mag-file ng kaso, administrative at criminal against those found responsible or culpable. Mabuti rin yan maka-coordinate agad siya para kung ano man ang mapapaloob sa recommendation ng DOJ-led task force, ma-implement na niya masimulan na niya maski hindi pa officially nailalabas e tutal dati niyang boss si Sec Guevarra, mainam na unang unang pag-coordinate-an niya ang dati niyang boss.”