MANILA – Former presidential adviser on economic affairs Michael Yang and 8 others have been placed under the lookout bulletin, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Wednesday.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) was issued following an order from the Department of Justice (DOJ) as requested by Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
Yang, also known as Yang Hong Ming, is one of the subjects of an ongoing Senate investigation on the budget utilization of government-procured Covid-19 response supplies at the onset of the pandemic last year.
“This matter is of national interest. We have made the proper arrangements, and our immigration officers are now on the lookout for the possible departure of the suspect personalities,” Morente said in a statement.
He said an earlier ILBO was issued for lawyer Lloyd Christopher Lao, former chief of the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM), pursuant to a September 7 order from the DOJ.
Aside from Lao and Yang, the BI has also placed Overall Deputy Ombudsman lawyer Warren Rex Liong and Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp.’s executives Twinkle Dargani, Huang Tzu Yen, Krizle Grace Mago, Justine Garado, Linconn Ong, and Mohit Dargani under ILBO.
The Senate panel is investigating Pharmally, a company that was awarded over PHP8 billion worth of government contracts despite being less than a year old with just PHP625,000 in paid-up capital.
An ILBO is issued for prudence to double check if there are any pending arrest warrants against the subjects, or monitor their itineraries and whereabouts, should they attempt to leave the country. (PNA)