MANILA The Philippine National Police (PNP) has vowed to push for modernization of its system and equipment towards proper law enforcement.
PNP spokesperson, Col. Bernard Banac made the remark following the arrest of Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle, which the police later called a case of mistaken identity.
The PNP shall endeavor to push for modernization of its systems and equipment that will be capable of real-time validation of information to aid our operating units in performing the mission to enforce the law and serve court processes against wanted persons diligently, judiciously and effectively with utmost respect for human rights, Banac told reporters.
Banac said that they understand what the veteran journalist felt over her ordeal from the time she was arrested at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental up to the time when she was taken to a police office.
The mistaken arrest of Ms. Margarita Valle is indeed too regrettable. In fact, the Regional Chief (of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) Colonel (Tom) Tuzon has already asked for understanding and expressed sincerest apology, said Banac.
We assure the public that a full-dress investigation is now in progress to determine culpability for the apparent lapses and oversight to prevent similar incidents in future police operations, he added.
On Monday, PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, directed the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to conduct an inquiry into the matter.
He said part of the investigation is how deep the case buildup was made before the joint team of police and military personnel conducted the arrest.
Albayalde said the PNP IAS will look into possible lapses of the police personnel involved in the operation.
Valle was arrested on June 9 while waiting for a flight home to Davao City at the Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro.
According to the report, the subject of the operation was a certain Elsa Renton who has a standing arrest warrant over charges of multiple murders, frustrated murder, and damage to government properties. Renton is also using names such as Tina Maglaya or Fidelina Margarita Valle y Avellanosa.
Valle was brought to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) office in Zamboanga City and was immediately released after an informant confirmed that Valle was not the actual suspect although they have a major resemblance.
Albayalde said the PNP will assist Valle if she will file a complaint against the arresting cops. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency