THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking into a possible failure of intelligence and other lapses in the arrest of 61-year-old newspaper columnist Margarita Valle.
PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde also urged Valle to file a complaint if she felt that her rights were violated.
He said the PNP will provide assistance to Valle, who was arrested Sunday morning in a reported case of mistaken identity and released Sunday evening.
“If ‘yung tao na yun feels na she was violated we will be very glad to assist her kung talagang ‘yung pagkaaaresto sa kanya or the manner she was arrested and then kung meron na-violate sa kanya while she was in custody then kung meron syang complaint, kung may viniolate doon sa amin we will not hesitate to file charges against our people,” he said in a press conference Monday, June 10, 2019.
“In fact whether kung meron syang reklamo o wala iimbestigahan po namin yan para hindi na maulit ang bagay na yan,” he added.
(Whether she has a complaint or not, we will investigate the incident to make sure it will not be repeated.)
Valle's family is not buying the explanation that her arrest was a case of mistaken identity. "Never gonna buy that excuse," Rius Valle, son of Margarita, said in a Facebook post Monday.