The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced the temporary suspension of the implementation of the recently revised guidelines on departure formalities, following the concerns raised by some senators.
The revised guidelines, which were issued by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), aimed to streamline the departure procedures for all individuals traveling abroad. The DOJ said that the revisions were not meant to burden the public but to enhance the security and efficiency of the process.
However, some senators questioned the legality and necessity of the revised guidelines, citing possible violations of the right to travel and the lack of public consultation. They also expressed fears that the revisions could lead to more cases of human trafficking and illegal recruitment.
In response, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla ordered the suspension of the implementation of the revised guidelines until further notice. He said that he would clarify the issues surrounding the revisions to both the senators and the public.
Remulla assured that the DOJ respects the role of the senators as representatives of the people and that it is committed to upholding the rights and welfare of all individuals, including the right to travel freely. He said that the revised guidelines were intended to balance national security and smooth travel.
Remulla also reminded everyone that the suspension of the revised guidelines does not affect existing laws and regulations governing travel and immigration procedures. He said that all existing rules and guidelines remain in place until further notice.