DFA cancels passports of Reyes brothers

Posted at 09/28/12 11:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The passports of former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and his brother, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, have been cancelled by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The Reyes brothers, who are wanted for the killing of environmentalist Gerry Ortega, allegedly left the country for Vietnam early this year.

In a letter to Ortega’s family, DFA Assistant Secretary Jaime Victor Ledda said the Philippine embassies and consulates abroad have been notified “to confiscate the passports of the above fugitives of justice in the event that these travel documents are presented for any consular service and forward them to the Department immediately.”

The passport of a certain Joseph Lim Pe, allegedly used by Joel Reyes when he left the Philippines, has also been cancelled.

"The Embassies and Consulates General were also requested to inform concerned police and immigration authorities of the host countries and other areas under the respective consular jurisdictions of the cancellation of their passports for their possible arrest and immediate deportation to the Philippines to face their case,” Ledda added.

Ortega’s daughter, Michaella, said her family welcomed the development.

“Our family is glad to see that the DFA is really exerting effort for the immediate apprehension of the fugitive Reyes brothers,” she said in a statement released Friday.

She added that they “pray that this example be emulated by all government agencies concerned.”