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DoJ to seek hold departure order vs suspects in ‘ghost’ dialysis case

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JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra yesterday said the Department of Justice (DoJ) will apply for a hold departure order (HDO) against all accused in the “ghost” dialysis claims once the case is filed in court. “As soon as the information is filed in court, the prosecution will file an application for the issuance of an HDO against all accused,” Mr. Guevarra said in a text message. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday filed criminal complaints of estafa and falsification of documents against Bryan Christopher W. Sy, one of the owners and vice president of WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center Corp. (WellMed), and nine others over the questionable dialysis treatments claimed from the Philippine Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). Included in the complaints are whistleblowers Edwin C. Roberto and Liezel Aileen Santos and seven other WellMed officials. The DoJ has considered submitted for resolution the complaint against Mr. Sy and the whistleblowers after undergoing inquest proceedings. The whistleblowers, according to their legal counsel Harry L. Roque, Jr., will apply to be placed under the witness protection program. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas