[From the web] OPINION: Why no one should buy PNP’s claim of “mistaken identity” in journo arrest -ABS-CBN news

There are many what if’s – most of them dreadful – surrounding the Sunday (June 9) arrest of veteran Mindanao journalist and development worker Fidelina Margarita “Gingging” Avellanosa-Valle.

A brief rundown of the case: Shortly past 11 a.m, journalists got an alert posted from Valle’s son, Rius, the Mindanao spokesperson of the Save Our Schools Network. He said police had nabbed his mother at the Laguindingan Airport as she was about to board a plane back to Davao City, after giving a writing workshop in Pagadian City for the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP).

Rius said Margarita, a writer for community and national news outfits and author of books and research papers since the 1980s, had managed to call a religious sister. She identified the arresting officers as members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Mindanews’ Carolyn Arguillas would later quote Sister Mila Gimeno of the Missionaries of the Assumption (MA) recounting Margarita’s message and hearing the journalist arguing for her rights. From the sounds heard in the background, force was used, the nun said.

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