DOJ issues lookout order vs 5 'narco generals'

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) against the five police generals who were identified to be protectors of illegal drugs syndicates in the country.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang said that the lookout order was forwarded to the BI office Tuesday night.

Included in the list were retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo, retired Chief Superintendent and now Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot; Police Director Joel Pagdilao; and Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio, and Bernardo Diaz.

In the ILBO signed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, the DOJ ordered the BI to instruct its officers to be on the lookout alert for the five generals on the list.

The DOJ instructed the BI to request from the said individuals a copy of the Authority to Travel Abroad granted by their respective offices before allowing them to leave the country.

The DOJ also ordered the BI to coordinate with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and National Police Commission (Napolcom) regarding the subjects of the ILBO and to obtain from both offices the official to contact even outside office hours, in case the five generals make an attempt to leave the country.

The BI spokesperson said that the order is now being implemented in all local and international ports.

Mangrobang said that the duty of the BI is only to monitor the generals and relay information about them to the DOJ.

"Our duty is to relay immediately the information to other department. Whether the generals will leave the country or not, it depends on the decision of the DOJ," she said.

During President Rodrigo Duterte's speech at the Philippine Air Force's (PAF) 69th anniversary held in Clark, Pampanga, he named the five officials allegedly involved in the drug trade.

Duterte said Garbo was a "protector of drug syndicates," while he identified Loot, Diaz, Tinio, and Pagdilao to be involved in illegal drugs.

Duterte also ordered the three active generals to be relieved from their post and speak with PNP director general Ronald Dela Rosa. (Sunnex)
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