Arroyo Mug Shot Not Authentic, Says PNP Chief

Philippine National Police chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, categorically denied the authenticity of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s mug shot published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer and MugShots.com.

Arroyo Mug Shot“I would like to state for the record that the published pictures are not the authentic mug shot photos of representative Gloria Arroyo,” the Chief PNP reportedly said.

He noted discrepancies in the official mug shot and the leaked version. Bartolome said on TV that the authentic photo shows Arroyo holding a placard where pertinent details are written.

Earlier, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo said that Arroyo’s mug shots published online and in the newspaper were not real.

Senior superintendent James Bucayu of the Southern Police District, on the other hand, confirmed that the mug shots leaked in the internet are “authentic” but the “source of the leak is unknown.”

Bartolome clarified, however, that Bucayu only mentioned that it appeared to be similar, according to reports.

The PNP chief, reports said, added that the source of the leaked mug shots is now being traced.

The Arroyo camp, meanwhile, appealed to the media not to make the mug shots of the former president public.

Laywer Ferdinand Topacio said that while it is media’s prerogative to publish the photos, he made an appeal for them to impose self-censorship.