The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday ordered immigration officers at all ports to be on the lookout in case two retired and three active police officials accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of protecting illegal drug syndicates attempt to leave the country.
The Lookout Bulletin Order was issued by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd at the request of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to place the police generals under tight watch.
The lookout bulletin, which will not prevent the five police generals from leaving the country once cleared by authorities, was issued instead of a hold-departure order as the five police officials do not have warrants of arrest or pending cases in courts.
The order was made on the basis of an investigation against the generals by the National Police Commission and the DILG.
Included in the lookout bulletin are retired deputy director general Marcelo Garbo Jr. and retired chief superintendent Vicente Loot, now the mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu; and active police officials Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz.
“Lookout Bulletin Order” is the new name for the “watchlist order,” the document that prevented former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from leaving the country.
Aguirre ordered immigration officials to relay to his office, as well as to the Office of the Prosecutor General Claro Arellano and the National Bureau of Investigation, any information indicating that the police generals are attempting to leave the country.