Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Mug Shots

The Arroyo camp has appealed to the media not to publish former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s mug shots, which are expected to be taken by police authorities Saturday, so as not to put her in further humiliation.

Gloria Arroyo Neck Brace
Reports said that elements of the Pasay PNP are going to take photos and fingerprints of Arroyo as part of a standard operating procedure called police booking.

In simple terms, a booking procedure is normally done if a person gets charged and arrested. It is where a mug shot, a photograph of a person’s face, particularly one made for police files and for identification purposes, is taken.

The former president is facing charges for alleged electoral sabotage in the 2007 elections. The case against Mrs. Arroyo and several others was filed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) before the Pasay regional trial court last Friday.

Officers from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) served the warrant of arrest to Mrs. Arroyo at St. Luke’s Medical Center, where she is presently confined, at 6:30 p.m. same day.

The authorities, reports said, did not immediately subject the former president to the booking procedure due to her frail condition and instead scheduled it on Saturday.

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, lawyer of the Arroyos, on Saturday told reporters that the PNP granted their request to take the mug shots themselves. He clarified, however, that it is the police who will facilitate the fingerprinting.

He added that while it is the prerogative of media organizations to publish the photos, which will become a public property once submitted to the RTC, he made an appeal for them to exercise self-censorship.

Follow up reports said Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s mug shots, which are believed to look very similar to the earlier widely-circulated photos of her wearing a neck brace, were already taken past 3 p.m. inside her hospital room.

The authorities are reportedly contemplating whether or not to release CGMA’s mug shots.

Police said it is up to the court to release the mug shots, but INQUIRER.net had them already posted online.

Senior superintendent James Bucayu of the Southern Police District confirmed that the mug shots leaked in the internet are “authentic” but the “source of the leak is unknown.” He reportedly said the chief of the investigation division has been told to investigate.