These mug shots of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo did not come from the Pasay City Regional Trial Court which has refused to release the police photos. Sources who requested anonymity sent the photos to the Inquirer. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
The photographs was taken frontally and sideways. It showed the former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wearing a neck brace after police formally placed her under arrest for electoral sabotage, a charge is now pending in the Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 112.
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No specific order
“There’s no specific court order but Judge Mupas directed us not to release the mug shots,” according to a court employee.
“One of the defense lawyers manifested before the court that any release of the photos will affect the constitutional rights and interests of their client.”
Any media entity seeking to publish the mug shots now in the hands of the court must put its request in writing and file it with the court, Pelicano said.
Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares defended the publication of Arroyo’s mug shots. In a text message, he said: “There is no reason not to publish Gloria’s mug shots, considering that this is a public document.” With a report from Gil Cabacungan Jr. Inquirer