- Lady Senator Leila De Lima and 8 more were all placed under the Immigration lookout on Monday, October 10
- Originally, the lookout order, which was issued on Friday, October 7, had included De Lima and 5 others.
- The nine under the lookout bulletin are part of the ongoing House probe about the proliferation of drugs in the national penitentiary
As the probe for drug dealing at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) continues, the Department of Justice delivers yet another blow to Senator Leila De Lima and 8 others by issuing an “extremely urgent” immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO).
The lookout order, which was meant to restrict international travels without authority, had been addressed to Commissioner Jaime Morente of the Bureau of Immigration and Chief Dante Gierran of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). It was first issued by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Friday, October 7.
According to a portion of the memorandum, it aims to restrict certain people with possible commission of offense from leaving the country.
"We thus deem the issuance of an ILBO against the subject persons prudent in order to at least monitor the itineraries of their flight, travel, and/or whereabouts."
Originally, the lookout order was issued for the lady senator and five others, including former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, former NBP chief Franklin Jesus Bucayu, former Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission executive director Reginald Villasanta, and De Lima's ex-security aide Joenel Sanchez and driver Ronnie Dayan for their alleged involvement in the drug trade.
On Monday, October 10, a second lookout bulletin order was released for De Lima's Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) escort Warren Cristobal and ex-aides Mark Noemin Adricula and Jose Adrian Dera.
The nine persons on the lookout bulletin are part of the House investigation and were presented as principal witnesses or have alleged involvement in the drug trade handled by convicts serving time in the national penitentiary.