- Recently fired PhilHealth Celestina Dela Serna will remain in the health agency’s board, according to Presidential Spox Harry Roque
- Roque did not mention any reason why Dela Serna was still allowed to stay with PhilHealth
- President Duterte reportedly fired Dela Serna following reports of alleged anomalies in PhilHealth including her supposedly excessive expenses on trips and hotel accommodations
Celestina Dela Serna, the recently fired PhilHealth interim OIC, will remain in the agency’s board, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
However, Roque did not mention any reason why Dela Serna was still allowed to stay with PhilHealth.
President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly fired Dela Serna following reports of alleged anomalies in PhilHealth, including her supposedly excessive expenses on trips and hotel accommodations.
Duterte already tapped Dr. Roy Ferrer as acting president and chief executive officer of PhilHealth as stated in an appointment paper released on June 1:
The Commission on Audit (COA) earlier questioned Dela Serna’s P627,000 travel expenses which included plane fares, terminal fees, and hotel and lodging accommodations to and from Tagbilaran and Manila.
Dela Serna has denied the allegations against her.
“It’s my travel from here going to Bohol where I am from, and from Bohol to here to start working again. Of course, since I don’t live here, I stay at the hotel… These are all reimbursements. So my claim, I spent money, I asked for reimbursements. If I get reimbursed, good. If not, then what can I do?” Dela Serna told reporters on Tuesday.
A throwback photo posted on Philhealth website on February 2, 2017; Former Health Secretary Ubial (left) administers the oath to Dineros (2nd from left), De La Serna and Lareza: