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August 30, 2023

Pimentel wants revised IACAT guidelines suspended: Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III introduces a resolution seeking to suspend the implementation of the 2023 revised Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) guidelines on departure formalities for international-bound Filipino passengers, citing concerns about its constitutionality. During Monday's plenary session August 30, 2023, Pimentel said the resolution would grant Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri the authority to file the necessary petition before the Supreme Court to put a stop to the regulation if circumstances still warrant such action. “It's, on its face, unconstitutional. Imagine a Filipino cannot travel in the absence of a consularized affidavit of support from a relative,” Pimentel said, referring to the revised guidelines set to take effect on September 3. The chamber adopted the resolution. (Voltaire F. Domingo/Senate PRIB)