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Not so fast: Guevarra won’t scrap existing ILBOs yet despite SC ruling

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that he won’t yet remove those currently placed in the Bureau of Immigration’s Lookout Bulletin.

Guevarra made his stance even after the Supreme Court (SC) ruled with finality the unconstitutionality of Department of Justice (DOJ) Circular No. 41 which governs rules regarding its issuance of immigration lookout bulletin orders (ILBOs).

“ILBOs will stay until the DOJ issues the appropriate order in light of the final SC decision,” said Guevarra.

Despite this set back, Guevarra said the DOJ will no longer be issuing ILBOs in compliance with the SC ruling.

The SC last July 17 upheld its ruling to grant the petition of former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, to the declare the DOJ circular as unconstitional.

The Arroyos filed the petition after the circular was used in 2011 by then Justice Secretary and now Sen. Leila De Lima to prevent them from leaving the country for medical treatment.

Opposition leaders including former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III are currently placed in the ILBO issued by the DOJ.