Lookout order issued vs alleged rice smuggling king

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2014 10:20 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2014 09:59 AM

MANILA - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has issued a Lookout Bulletin against controversial businessman Davidson Bangayan, who is being tagged by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as the country's current rice smuggling king, "David Tan."

The Lookout Bulletin Order (LBO), against DAVIDSON BANGAYAN aka DAVID TAN, was confirmed to ABS-CBN News by Immigration chief Siegfred Mison and Immigration spokesperson Maria Angelica Pedro.

The LBO took effect at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

An LBO directs all immigration officers in all ports of exit in the country to be on the alert for a subject's departure.

The LBO, however, will not empower immigration officers from preventing the subject from leaving the country since the Supreme Court (SC) issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Department of Justice's (DOJ) authority to issue hold departure and watch list orders.

The TRO is in connection with a petition filed by former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in connection with her electoral sabotage case.

De Lima had announced her move to place Bangayan on the immigration Lookout Bulletin amid an ongoing investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) into his purported involvement in rice smuggling.

The NBI insists Bangayan and David Tan are one and the same.

The NBI and Bureau of Immigration are both attached agencies of the DOJ.