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CA rejects Paulyn Ubial as health secretary

October 10, 2017 5:38 AM
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(UPDATED) In her last confirmation hearing, Paulyn Ubial is grilled over how PhilHealth was managed under her chairmanship as health secretary

"It pains the board and it pains the chairman of the board to remove the compensation and allowances of all PhilHealth employees, but we have to follow the law, your honor," she said.

Secretary Ubial repeatedly claimed that I was not ousted but in fact resigned as PhilHealth president and CEO. She lied. I was ousted upon the instigation by the chairman of the board, Secretary Ubial," said Dineros.

Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Ramirez-Sato then grilled Ubial over the PhilHealth board's multiple appointments for their interim president and CEO without making a recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Only the President can finalize the appointment of PhilHealth's president and CEO, the lawmaker said.

The DOH secretary reasoned they did not recommend to Duterte their past appointees because the Philhealth board "resolved there was lack of trust and confidence."

"I don’t think you are getting my point very well. Why do you appoint an OIC (officer-in-charge) who you think and you say does not have [your] full trust and confidence? An OIC president should have all the qualifications of a regular president," said Sato, a lawyer.

"You cannot abrogate it upon yourself to appoint successive OIC presidents because that is the diminution and a disrespect of the power of the President!" she added.

"You are registering a positive income because you included the P13 billion contributions from senior citizens, which has not been collected for several years now," said Sato.

"If such funds are collectibles by the corporation, then it is included in the income statement of the corporation," said the DOH chief.


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