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

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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