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That would be correct. You would need to notify HMRC that you intend to leave the country for 12 months and notify them upon your arrival back to you.
You could notify them by completing a p85 form.
Yes, you would also have to pay for medical in the Philippines.
If you decide to become a resident in the Philippines, you need to notify the tax authorities and pay the appropriate tax.
The employer may need to adjust your NI if you are no longer going to be a resident of the UK.
Usually, the employer would not have any cost except if your contract state otherwise.
I suspect that you can't stay 36months on a tourist visa. However, you would need to seek legal immigration advice on this.
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