DOJ issues lookout order vs 20 NDF consultants

DOJ issues lookout order vs 20 NDF consultants

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MANILA, February 8, 2017 (PNA) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) today ordered the issuance of an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) against the 20 consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) who participated in the peace talks with the government.

This came after the termination of the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantee (JASIG) between the government and the communist rebels.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issued the three-page memorandum order to Immigration Chief Jaime Morente, Prosecutor General Victor Sepulveda after a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang.

He instructed both Morente and Sepulveda to coordinate with National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran for the information about the people subject of the ILBO. The information includes known aliases, date and place of birth, copy of passport, and latest photo.

Aguirre also required contact numbers from the NBI and the Office of the Prosecutor that can be called even beyond office hours in case the NDFP consultants included in the ILBO attempt to leave the country.

“Take all other appropriate actions including, but not limited to, coordinating with other concerned offices and agencies and even airlines, especially since international passengers are customarily required to check-in within a specified number of hours before the flight,” Aguirre said in his memorandum.

The individuals named in the list were following:

  1. Tirso Lagoras Alcantara
  2. Ma. Concepcion Araneta Bocala
  3. Pedro Heyrona Codaste
  4. Renante Macatangay Gamara
  5. Alan Valera Jazmines
  6. Ernesto Epino Lorenzo
  7. Ma. Loida Tuzo Magpatoc
  8. Alfredo Amparo Mapano
  9. Ruben Abenir Saluta
  10. Adelberto Albayulde Silva
  11. Benito Enriquez Tiamzon
  12. Wilma Austria Tiamzon
  13. Ariel Mancao Arbitrario
  14. Renato Maranga Baleros Sr.
  15. Kennedy Lao-ing Bangibang
  16. Jaime Servillano Doria Soledad
  17. Rafael Baylosis
  18. Alex Birondo
  19. Winona Birondo
  20. Porferio Dianco Tuna

A person subject of an ILBO can still leave the country upon clearance from the DOJ.

Aguirre warned that anyone who attempts to violate the ILBO will be held liable.

He ordered the government prosecuting arm to immediately file a case in court and obtain an arrest warrant “if it should be found that there is probable cause to criminally charge the respondents.”

Aguirre said on Monday the consultants of the NDF should go back to the country and return to detention.

“Once they turn themselves in or arrested, they will be returned to their detention,” Aguirre said when sought for comment on the issue, adding that security forces can arrest them.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared the suspension of peace talks between the government and communist rebels and ordered government negotiators to come home.

Duterte said he is not ready to resume peace talks with the communist groups.

“As I have said, I would like to tell the Filipino people: peace with the communists might not come in this generation,” he said.

The President said he has done everything and has walked the extra mile in extending an olive branch with the rebels but their “unreasonable” demand of releasing more than 400 political prisoners prompted him to discontinue the talks.

He was likewise angered by the deaths of several soldiers despite ongoing peace negotiations. (Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan/PNA)

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