Malacañang on Tuesday expressed support for a party-list lawmaker’s suggestion to issue hold-departure orders (HDO) against Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) officials recommended to be charged criminally and administratively over anomalies within the state insurer.

Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy said issuing HDOs against the executives would prohibit them from “fleeing to other countries with which the Philippines has no extradition treaties.”

Dy also wanted the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Immigration to take PhilHealth computers and data and obtain necessary evidence.

“As Congress conducts its hearings, alleged corrupt elements within the PhilHealth could be deleting files, covering up their electronic trail, destroying evidence and attending to contingencies,” she said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday accepted a task force’s recommendation to issue criminal and administrative charges against resigned PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales and six other officials. John Ezekiel J. Hirro