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By DILG - Office of Public Affairs
November 22, 2011

MANILA  –  Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo today disclosed that the mug shot photos of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo which appeared on the Internet are not the same photos the police have submitted to the Pasay City Regional Trial Court.


Mug shots of Arroyo posted at mugshots.com

“Former President Arroyo’s mug shot taken from her hospital bed at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Taguig which have been circulated in the Internet is different from what the PNP CIDG had taken,” the DILG chief said.

According to Robredo, the official mug shot of the former President taken by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group last Saturday, a copy of which was submitted to him, bears all the case details on the “information booking plate.”

“The information booking plate of the original mug shot photo of the former President contains her name: Gloria Arroyo Y Macapagal, the Republic Act or electoral sabotage case she violated and the case number from the Pasay City Regional Trial Court,” he said.

“Based on what has appeared in the Internet, it appeared that the booking numbers below the published photos were ‘photoshopped’ and are different from the reports submitted to me,” he added.

Earlier, when asked if Arroyo’s camp would attempt to stop any moves to have her mug shots released, her counsel Jose Flaminiano said her camp “won’t bother to file a motion regarding that issue.”

A warrant of arrest was served Friday after the Pasay RTC found probable cause on the electoral sabotage case filed against her. Her mug shots were taken inside her hospital bed where she had been confined since Tuesday last week.

The Pasay City RTC has stated that Mrs. Arroyo’s mug shots will not be released unless both the prosecution and defense panels agree. The mug shots are deemed property of the police and are not public property.

When the former President’s mug shot photos were taken, there were only seven persons present, and they include her, former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, her son Albay Rep. Dato Arroyo, a former Arroyo cabinet secretary and three personnel from the PNP CIDG.

Acting Southern Police District Director Sr. Supt. James Bucayu, who confirmed that the published mug shots were authentic, was not around when the booking photos were taken.