Panelo: Photos of surrendering NPA rebels merged into ‘collage’

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MALACAÑANG on Sunday said the
photos recently released by the Philippine Army showing supposed surrender of
some New People’s Army members were not manipulated, but were “authentic” but
“collaged” pictures.

Presidential Spokesman and Chief
Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador S. Panelo said Defense Secretary Delfin N.
Lorenzana told him that the photos were two separate genuine pictures that were
merged together.

“I talked to Secretary Delfin
Lorenzana today, and his explanation was that the two pictures were just
merged, like a collage. Those two pictures are both authentic,”  Panelo said in Filipino during a radio
interview on Sunday.

He added that Lorenzana has
already ordered an investigation over the controversial photo that was released
to the public recently.

Nonetheless, Panelo said there is
nothing wrong with the photo released by the army, despite them being two
photos merged into one.

“It was not manipulated. It was
just collaged. The two pictures were merged in one picture. So that’s not
manipulation. It would be different if the two photos are not real and were
merged just to show that a lot of rebels surrendered,” he explained.

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