PNP: "We cannot arrest Imelda Marcos"

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has not yet received any copy of the arrest warrant against former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos. That is the reason why police cannot yet place her under custody, following Sandiganbayan’s decision, convicting Mrs. Marcos graft charges.

Chief Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr., PNP spokesman, said no less than Director General Oscar Albayalde, PNP Chief, had given the assurance to the public that Marcos would be arrested the moment the PNP receives the arrest warrant from the Sandiganbayan.

Why the PNP cannot arrest Imelda yet. By Aaron Recuenco. Published November 10, 2018, 6:28 PM.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures of whatever nature and for any purpose shall be inviolable, and no search warrant or warrant of arrest shall issue except upon probable cause to be determined personally by the judge after examination under oath or affirmation of the complainant and the witnesses he may produce, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

Arrest is the taking of a person into custody in order that he may be bound to answer for the commission of an offense. An arrest is made by an actual restraint of a person to be arrested, or by his submission to the custody of the person making the arrest.

It shall be the duty of the officer executing the warrant to arrest the accused and to deliver him to the nearest police station or jail without unnecessary delay. The head of the office to whom the warrant of arrest was delivered for execution shall cause the warrant to be executed within ten (10) days from its receipt. Within ten (10) days after the expiration of the period, the officer to whom it was assigned for execution shall make a report to the judge who issued the warrant. In case of his failure to execute the warrant, he shall state the reasons therefor. (Rule 113 of the Rules of Court)