MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) on Senator Leila de Lima and five others allegedly involved in the purported multi-million- peso Bilibid narcotics ring.
In a memorandum dated October 7, DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II directed Immigration officials to restrict the travel of De Lima and the other subjects, including:
- De Lima's former driver, Ronnie Dayan;
- De Lima's former bodyguard Joenel Sanchez;
- former DOJ Undersecretary Francisco Baraan II;
- former Corrections chief Franklin Bucayu; and
- former Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) Executive Director Reginald Villasanta.
"Considering the gravity of the possible commission of any offense, there is a strong possibility that they may attempt to place themselves beyond the reach of legal processes of this Department by leaving the country," read Aguirre's memorandum to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.
"We thus deem the issuance of an ILBO against the subject persons prudent in order to at least monitor the itineraries of their flight, travel and/or whereabouts."
Witnesses in a House inquiry have accused De Lima, Bucayu and Baraan of taking millions of pesos in drug money from high-profile inmates at the New Bilibid Prison.
Sanchez, meanwhile, was tagged by prisoners as De Lima's bagman. In Thursday's hearing, however, he denied collecting money for the lawmaker and instead bolstered allegations that she had an affair with Dayan when she was still Justice chief.
Villasanta, meanwhile, allegedly attempted to accompany Bucayu when the latter pleaded with former police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Benjamin Magalong to drop a raid at the Bilibid in 2014.