MANILA, 28Aug2013 (PNA) – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) revealed on Tuesday that the three yachts reportedly being used or owned by Janet Lim Napoles went missing from the Manila Yacht Club (MYC).
In a press briefing, BI Officer-in-Charge Siegfried Mison said the information was relayed to him by a “confidential source” last week after the issuance of the warrant of arrest against the Napoles siblings.
“I was informed that Mrs. Napoles has 3 yachts, parked at the Manila Yacht Club but according to the source wala na mga yacht niya dun,” he said.
However, the BI official did not identify the names of the luxury sea vessel and he is not certain if Napoles owned the missing yachts.
“We confirmed sabi ng source meron daw 3 dun dati ginagamit niya, hindi lang ako sure kung sa pangalan niya or ginamit niya, na wala na dun sa yacht club,” he added.
Despite this, Mison is confident that Napoles and her brother, Reynald Luy Lim, are still in the country.
He also reported that they are in constant communication with their counterparts in neighboring countries particularly in Indonesia, to help locate the Napoles’ apart from the lookout order to BI employees guarding the country’s seaports.
“An alert order has been issued to the possible backdoor they might use to flee the country. They can use the Balot Island which is near General Santos City, about three hours away to Indonesia and Bonggao, Tawi-Tawi, which is near Malaysia,” Mison explained.
He added, “We have coordinated with Indonesian immigration at the Marore Island, which is near the Philippines. We alerted them by issuing information including pictures of Janet and Reynald.”
Mison noted that they are guarding the southern part of the country since it would be difficult for a sea vessel to cruise the northern part because of the weather during this season.
“Pinaka mahirap magyacht sa North dahil sa weather so kung lahat biyahe yacht sa South kung di mamatay sa takot sa alon,” he said.
The closest country to the Philippines is Hong Kong if one will use the southern part to exit the country.
“Puede ba sa Hong Kong? but not during this weather. Not Habagat weather,” the BI official added.
Mison said that they are also coordinating with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) as they have jurisdiction on private hangers, which deploys private planes.
“We have requested that they might want to consider to give us access or they could be vigilant and try to find out kung sino sakay na private planes that would have capacity to foreign destination,” he said.(PNA)