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BI issued hold departure order vs Banatag and Zulueta

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Former Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag and former deputy security officer Ricardo Zulueta have been included in the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) system as hold departure orders (HDOs) have been issued against them to prevent them from leaving the Philippines.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the BI received the April 25 order from the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court on Thursday.

“The HDO was immediately encoded in our centralized system and may be seen by our immigration officers at all ports nationwide. Should they be encountered in any airport or seaport, they will be prevented from departing without prior approval from the courts,” said Tansingco.

It can be recalled that in December 2022, the BI has also implemented a lookout bulletin order against Bantag and Zulueta.

In the said order, all immigration officers were directed to closely report to the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation any attempt by the suspects to leave the country.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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