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Sotto: Maraming papalakpak! Sotto expects Duterte to sack Morales, Philhealth execs over ‘whiff of corruption’

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Many Filipinos will applaud President Rodrigo Duterte if he makes good on his word and sack Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) officials amid allegations of corruption within the agency, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said Monday (August 10).

“I expect him to relieve some people. Lahat ng mayroong ‘whiff of corruption’ na nabanggit. Whiff lang ah, hindi smoke,” Sotto said in an online briefing.

“Maraming magpapalakpakan na mga tao, mga kababayan natin pag biglang ginawa ni Presidente ‘yan,” he added.

Asked if he was referring to PhilHealth chief Ricardo Morales and other high ranking officials of the agency, Sotto answered in the affirmative.

Duterte said following his election in 2016 that he would not tolerate a “whiff of corruption” under his administration.

Malacanang, however, has said that Duterte will not fire Morales unless his involvement in wrongdoing is proven.

Sotto said there should be a complete overhaul of Philhealth if Duterte were to fire its top officials.

“Kung magre-revamp siya rito ngayon, huwag katulad noong nakaraang revamp, tinanggal lang ‘yung puno, ‘yung nasa taas pero naiiwan ang mga galamay na nagpipiyesta,” he said.