A lawyer-activist Wednesday offered P50,000 to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in exchange for the release of the controversial mugshots of embattled former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Lawyer Argee Guevarra made the offer in a letter addressed to PNP chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome.
“I am offering to purchase from the PNP duly certified copies of the mugshots of former President Gloria- Macapagal-Arroyo (representing her left, right and from profiles) in the amount of R50,000,” Guevarra stated in his letter dated Wednesday.
It was the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) which made the bookings on Mrs. Arroyo on Saturday for the case of electoral sabotage filed before a Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC).
On Tuesday, Bartolome and Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo declared that the mugshots published in a national daily are fake, adding that the PNP is not authorized to release them.
Guevarra said he is interested on the mugshot photos since he himself suffered the same fate, that is, being arrested and subjected to booking procedures, for joining anti-government rallies during the Arroyo administration.
Guevarra was arrested twice, the first was in February 2006 for joining a march on EDSA and the following year after he was implicated in the Manila Peninsula siege.
“I am aware that the PNP may have political reservations regarding making available the said photos to interested parties but I am asserting my right as a citizen to access said photos which in my legal opinion form part of public records and are in the nature of public property,” said Guevarra.
By AARON RECUENCO