Bureau of Immigration (BI) officer-in-charge Siegfred Mison admitted on Friday that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari and three of his commanders can leave the country through inter-island exits, amid the look-out bulletin order (LBO) and arrest warrant issued against them.
According to Mison, they have already alerted immigration officers in the airports and seaports in Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi, including the Philippine Coast Guard against possible exits of Misuari and MNLF commanders.
“All of the immigration officers were aware of the order, but there is a strong possibility [that]he might pass not through our BI counters,” he said.
“It is always possible that he (Misuari) can leave the country using inter-island vessel . . . island hopping until makarating siya sa Malaysia which he has been doing for quite some time,” he added.
The BI has identified Ustadz Habier Malik, Bas Arki, Assamin Hussin and Misuari in the LBO.
Mison, however, admitted that they might lack people in monitoring Misauri’s activities, noting that there are islands in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu that are very accessible to Malaysia.
Despite of this, the BI chief is confident that BI personnel are in full force to stop Misuari from leaving the country.
As far as he is concerned, Misuari is still in the country, said Mison.
“Based on our immigration records he (Misuari) has not left the country passing through any of our exits,” he said.
Under the LBO, the immigration officers were instructed to prevent
Misauri’s travel, to detain them and turn over the MNLF commanders to the proper law enforcement agencies, including the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation.
He called on Misuari to surrender to the government, saying that “it is difficult to become a fugitive in the country”.
“Mahirap manirahan sa ibang bansa na tago kayo ng tago sa mga authority,” he said.
It will be remembered that the Department of Justice filed charges of rebellion and violations of international humanitarian laws against Misuari, Malik, and 63 others in connection with the recent siege on Zamboanga City.
Robertzon F. Ramirez