Lacson: Duque defense vs conflict of interest allegations vs him “not valid”

(Eagle News) — Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday, June 20, said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s defense he was no longer involved in the leasing of his family’s building in Pangasinan to PhilHealth was “not valid.”

In an interview over radio dzrh, Lacson said contrary to Duque’s claim he had divested from the family corporation Educational and Medical Development Corporation, based on documents, the health secretary was still a board member who had shares.

“Hindi mo alam ang nangyayari lalo kung family corporation mo involved. Hindi depensa ang sabi mong hindi mo alam,” he said.

According to Lacson, he also received information the PhilHealth Pangasinan office had made a proposal to transfer, but Duque did not take note of this.

In an interview over radio dzbb, Duque said he no longer interfered in the operations of the company since he became secretary of Health.

Duque also said he never signed any contract of renewal as Health secretary and PhilHealth board chair, and only affixed his signature sometime in 2005 and 2006 when he was a private citizen and as president of the family corporation.