DOJ to issue lookout order vs NDF consultants

MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday said it is set to issue a lookout bulletin order (LBO) against the consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF) who participated in the peace talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

”What we did lahat ng members consultants nagkaroon ng bail because of peace process maglalabas kami ng LBO this afternoon. We have cabinet meeting this afternoon yung final decision ng Duterte administration on peace process whether its terminated and arrest na yan,” DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II told reporters on Tuesday afternoon in an interview.

Aguirre said that these people should be under the watchlist as they might leave the country.

An LBO is issued to subject persons, in order to at least monitor the itineraries of their flight, travel,and/or whereabouts. The persons subject of an LBO is allowed to travel subject to a permission from the DOJ.

Aguirre said on Monday the consultants of the NDF should go back to the country and return to detention.

“Once they turn themselves in or arrested, they will be returned to their detention,” Aguirre said when sought for comment on the issue adding that security forces can arrest them.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared the suspension of peace talks between the government and communist rebels where he ordered government negotiators to come home.

Duterte said he is not ready to resume peace talks with the communist groups.

“As I have said, I would like to tell the Filipino people: peace with the communists might not come in this generation,” he said.

The President said he has done everything and has walked the extra mile in extending an olive branch with the rebels but their “unreasonable” demand of releasing more than 400 political prisoners prompted him to discontinue the talks.

He was likewise angered by the deaths of several soldiers despite ongoing peace negotiations with the leftist groups. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/