MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday said it has issued an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) against Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo and 8 others tagged in the killing of AKO Bicol partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort on Dec. 22.
“The ILBO, among others, directs the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to coordinate with and seek the assistance of the National Prosecution Service (NPS), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other relevant offices should any of its subjects attempt to leave the country and place themselves outside the reach of Philippine authorities,” DOJ Spokesperson Usec. Markk Perete said in a text message.
Apart from Baldo, other suspects on the ILBO are:
- Emmanuel Rosillo
- Jaywin Babor
- Danilo Muella
- Henry Yuzon
- Gilbert Concepcion
- Agaton Concepcion
- Christopher Cabrera Naval
- Emmanuel Judavar
Baldo was tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Batocabe, who was set to run against him as mayor in this year’s polls.
The Philippine National Police said all 6 gunmen pointed to Baldo as the mastermind.
Baldo allegedly offered to pay P5 million for Batocabe's murder but did not make good on his promise.
Of six other suspects, five – Naval, Rosillo, Babor, Muella and Yuzon – are on the ILBO.
Baldo had asserted his innocence saying he was being used as a “convenient scapegoat.”
Perete clarified that the ILBO issued by the DOJ conforms with a Supreme Court decision outlawing the use of hold departure orders, watch list orders and allow departure orders.
That ruling was prompted by then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s decision to stop former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from leaving the country in 2011 through a watchlist order.
Perete explained the ILBO is only intended to monitor the entry and exit of its subjects and not prevent them from leaving the country.