Isko Moreno asks why 'drug queen' able to leave PH despite warrants
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno questioned how an alleged "drug queen" who resells narcotics seized by lawmen was able to leave the country despite 3 warrants of arrest against her.
The warrants against Guia Gomez Castro, a former barangay chairwoman in Manila who allegedly recycled narcotics from "ninja cops," were issued in the early 2000s in relation to alleged bouncing checks and violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act, police earlier said.
Castro flew to Bangkok last Sept. 21, Bureau of Immigration records showed.
"E bakit nakalabas ng bansa ito? Ano naman ang ginagawa ng Bureau of Immigration? Hindi ba ito nakaalerto sa kanila na person of interest ito, na dapat hindi pinapayagang makalabas ng bansa?" Moreno said in a DZMM interview.
(Why was she able to leave the country? What is the Bureau of Immigration doing? Were they not alerted that this is a person of interest who should not be allowed to leave the country.)
"Siguro it's high-time for every agency o department of government na talagang ma-synchronize at well-integrated ang data system," he added.
(Perhaps it's high-time for every agency or department of government to have a synchronized and well-integrated data system.)
Lawyers need to ask courts to release hold departure orders against individuals facing a warrant of arrest.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is still determining whether or not there was such an order against Castro, agency spokesperson Markk Perete said Friday, the same day that DOJ issued a separate immigration lookout bulletin order against the alleged drug queen.
The immigration bureau, meanwhile, said it had no derogatory records on Castro, who earlier denied wrongdoing.
DZMM, September 30, 2019