By Marita Moaje

Suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo (PNA file photo)

MANILA –  The Department of Justice has issued an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) against suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo and 17 others.

Justice Secretary Crispin Remulla ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to monitor the whereabouts of Guo, also referred to as “Guo Hua Ping”, and the 17 others, including former Technology and Resource Center director general Dennis Cunanan, should they attempt to leave the country.

“Sa bisa ng ILBO, ipinag uutos sa Bureau of Immigration na bantayan ang bawat kilos ng mga ito at i-alerto ang mga kinauukulan sa anumang tangka na lumabas ng bansa  (By virtue of the ILBO, the Bureau of Immigration is ordered to monitor their every move and alert those in charge of any attempt to leave the country),” Justice Undersecretary Margarita Guttierrez said during the Bagong Pilipinas interview on Tuesday.

The order came after the filing of human trafficking cases against them at the DOJ last week in connection with the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operation (POGO) hub in her municipality, which was raided in March for alleged illegal activities.

The BI, for its part, said it has started implementing the order by checking if Guo and the 17 others have pending arrest warrants or
cases, and monitoring their whereabouts.

Guttierrez said the department would ask the court this week to issue a Preliminary Hold Departure Order (PHDO) against the subjects.

Aside from the human trafficking complaints filed against Guo and several others, the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC)is also mulling to press more charges against the suspended mayor, this time, in connection with her alleged involvement in illegal (POGO) hubs in Porac, Pampanga. 

PAOCC spokesman Dr. Winston John Casio said the digital footprints and paper trails of raided POGO hubs in Porac and Bamban established Guo’s connection to their operations.

Guo, whose identity and citizenship have been placed under scrutiny, was placed under a six-month preventive suspension without pay by the Office of the Ombudsman on May 31 following the administrative complaints of the Department of the Interior and Local Government for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, gross neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.  (PNA)