Look-out bulletin order issued vs Arroyo, 23 others-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former executive secretary Eduardo Ermita, and several individuals who were linked to the alleged anomalous use of the P900-million Malapampaya fund are barred from leaving the country.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) issued on Tuesday an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) against them.
The other personalities included in the ILBO are: Nasser C. Pangandaman, Narciso B. Nieto, Rolando G. Andaya Jr., Mario L. Relampagos, Teresita L. Panlilio, Angelita V. Cacananta, Nilda P. Baui, Dominador V. Sison Jr., Ronald J. Venancio, Rene E. Maglanque, Janet Lim Napoles, Ruby C. Tuason, Evelyn De Leon, Jesus Castillo, Lilian A. Espanol, Genevieve G. Uy, Ronald John Lim aka John Lim, Eulogio D. Rodriguez, Lorna Ramirez, Ronald Francisco Lim, Simplicio M. Gumafelix, and John Raymund S. De Asis.
With this, BI Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison instructed all immigration officers (IOs) to be on the lookout for those personalities who were charged in connection with the said scam.
The Malampaya fund, which was intended for the rehabilitation of areas in Luzon ravaged by storms “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” in 2009, allegedly went to the 12 fake non-government organizations linked to detained businesswoman Janet Napoles.
Arroyo’s camp earlier denied misuse of the fund, saying the multi-billion peso proceeds from the Malampaya gas project in Palawan was in accordance with a Martial Law-era decree that grants the president wide discretion over the use of the funds.
"As far as the former President is concerned, the P20 billion plus Malampaya funds were authorized pursuant to the policies and purposes as mandated by the provisions of Presidential Decree 910," lawyer Raul Lambino, Arroyo’s legal spokesperson, said earlier.
Arroyo and the 23 others are now facing a plunder case filed before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the scam. [Read the related story.]
With the plunder case and the ILBO issued against the respondents, Mison also directed all IOs to be on alert in the event that Arroyo and the other personalities involved pass through immigration counters in any of the country's international airports and seaports.
The BI chief also advised all IOs to ensure that all incumbent government officials and employees may be allowed to leave the country only with corresponding travel authority from their heads of offices, in pursuant to Executive Oder 459, which is implemented on September 1, 2005.
The order issued was in pursuant to the Memorandum of the Secretary of Justice received by BI last October 2013. (FP/Sunnex)