PNP says chief's remark on Imelda Marcos arrest 'taken out of context'


Posted at Nov 13 2018 04:18 PM

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde's said Monday the police force will consider the age and health of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos in her looming arrest for graft. File

MANILA- The Philippine National Police (PNP) clarified on Tuesday the remarks of its chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde on considerations to be made in connection with the looming arrest of former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos for graft.

Albayalde on Monday said the police force would take into consideration Marcos' age and health in her looming arrest.

The 89-year-old Marcos is facing arrest and imprisonment of at least 6 years and a month after she was found guilty of 7 counts of graft.

PNP spokesperson, Senior Supt. Benigno Durana, Jr. said Albayalde's remarks were "taken out of context."

"He (Albayalde) is saying that we have to consider the age and the health of Rep. Marcos in the manner we prepare and execute the arrest of the convicted person," Durana said.

Durana added that in noting the Marcos matriarch's age and health, Albayalde was considering her flight risk and possible hindrances in the event of her arrest.

"Hindi yang age and health ang factors to consider whether to arrest or not," he said.

(He's not saying that age and health are factors to consider whether to arrest or not.)

The PNP however assured that once a warrant comes out for Marcos, police officials are ready to serve it.

"If ever that (warrant) will come out, the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) was already tasked to effect the warrant of arrest," Durana said.