Title
Furnishing the Bureau of Immigration with Copies of Issued Hold Departure Orders
Reference
OCA Circular No. 48-13
Date
2013-04-01

April 1, 2013

OCA CIRCULAR NO. 48-13

TO : All Regional Trial Court Judges
SUBJECT : Furnishing the Bureau of Immigration with Copies of Issued Hold Departure Orders

Acting on the letter dated 25 February 2013 of the Hon. Ricardo A. David, Jr., Commissioner, Commission of the Bureau of Immigration, reiterating his previous recommendation that trial "courts be advised of the present limitation imposed by the Temporary Restraining Order from the Supreme Court last November 2011, preventing the Department of Justice (DOJ) from implementing Consolidated Rules and Regulations Governing the Issuances and Implementing of Hold Departure Orders, Watchlist Orders and Allow Departure Orders), considering that "(t)he Bureau, on its own, has no authority to detain or prevent the departure of persons leaving the country unless there exists an active Hold Departure Order issued by a competent court," all Regional Trial Court Judges are hereby DIRECTED TO DESIST from furnishing the Bureau of Immigration with copies of Warrants/Orders of Arrest, but instead should furnish the Bureau with copies of issued Hold Departure Orders, if any.

For strict compliance.

(SGD.) JOSE MIDAS P. MARQUEZ
Court Administrator