– The DOJ has issued an immigration look-out bulletin order against the five ‘narco’ generals ; the Bureau of Immigration has also put the five on an immigration watch list
– The Bureau of Immigration has already instructed their personnel to implement proper departure protocol in the event that any of the five pass through immigration counters in domestic and international ports
– Until a Hold Order is issued by the court, the ‘narco’ generals are allowed to leave the country even with the watch list in place
The five Philippine National Police (PNP) generals reportedly involved in illegal drugs have been on under an immigration watch list by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) after the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an immigration look-out bulletin order against them earlier this week.
DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issued the order based on the request of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno. In a letter Sueno wrote to Aguirre, he said.
“At this crucial time when the issue about their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade is being investigated, we would actually prefer that these generals would not be able to leave the country.”
The five include retired Deputy Director Gen. Marcelo Garbo and retired Chief Supt. Vicente Loot.
The five include retired Deputy Director Gen. Marcelo Garbo; retired Chief Supt. Vicente Loot who currently serves as the mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu; Police Director Joel Pagdilao; and Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz.
They will not be prohibited from leaving the country as no hold departure order from a court has been issued against them at the moment. In the case of active police generals Pagdilao, Tinio and Diaz, they will have to present a copy of the authority to travel abroad granted by their respective offices or agencies.
The bulletin issued against the five generals instructs BI commissioner Jaime Morente to alert his staff to be on alert in the event that the individuals under the immigration look-out bulletin order list pass through both local and domestic immigration counters in the country’s seaports and airports.
“We already alerted all ports. Our personnel have been ordered to implement departure protocols,” BI spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang said.
“Our officers will implement strict departure protocols, like the subjects will be asked to present travel authority from their department, those kinds of requirements,” she also added.
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