CIDG apol­o­gizes to Davao colum­nist ar­rested by mis­take

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

THE Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) has apol­o­gized to and sought for the un­der­stand­ing of the Davao-based colum­nist who was ar­rested by mis­take over the week­end in Ca­gayan de Oro air­port.

In a state­ment on Mon­day evening, June 10, 2019, CIDG Zam­boanga Penin­sula Chief Tom Tua­zon of­fered his “sin­cer­est apologies” to Mar­garita Valle, a con­trib­u­tor of Davao To­day and for­mer colum­nist of SunS­tar Davao.

Valle was mis­taken for an Elsa Ren­ton and ar­rested in Laguindin­gan air­port on Sun­day morn­ing. She was re­leased in the evening.

“Due to un­cer­tain­ties and less than 100-per­cent as­sur­ance of your iden­tity from our in­for­mant, we have brought you to CIDG Of­fice, Pa­ga­dian City that caused you un­nec­es­sary anx­i­ety. We do re­al­ize that we should have heeded your call re­gard­ing your iden­tity from the start and have re­leased you at the air­port,” Tua­zon said.

“We sin­cerely re­quest your un­der­stand­ing since that the in­for­ma­tion given to our de­tec­tives on the ground is al­ready a War­rant of Ar­rest and that the iden­tity of the per­son on the war­rant is only known to the com­plainant him­self,” he added.

Tua­zon also noted that the in­for­ma­tion which re­sulted in the ar­rest of Valle came from their “re­li­able source” in the mil­i­tary.

He said they should have re-val­i­dated the in­for­ma­tion be­fore act­ing on it.

“With this mis­taken iden­tity, we are go­ing to take steps to en­sure that this sit­u­a­tion does not re­peat it­self,” said Tua­zon.

Tua­zon as­sured that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be con­ducted on the said failed op­er­a­tion to iden­tify the lapses of the po­lice per­son­nel in­volved and hold them ac­count­able.

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