After nearly six months, an elderly Muslim man who was mistakenly identified as a suspect was finally released from Taguig City Jail.
Senator Robinhood Padilla revealed that he had closely monitored the case of Mohammad Maca-Antal Said, who was arrested on August 10 of last year.
Said, from Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, was apprehended at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 while preparing for his flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Said was mistaken for Mohammad Said, also known as Ama Maas, who had nine outstanding warrants of arrest.
After languishing in custody for 176 days, it was proven in court that he was not the wanted Mohammad Said, and he was subsequently released.
However, Padilla stated that there is another victim of mistaken identity named Mohammad Pangcoga Said.
"This is unreasonable, unjust, and inhumane. This is no longer acceptable, especially in an era where technology and innovation abound," Padilla declared.
"If we want to regain public trust and strengthen the foundation of a just society, hopefully, there will be no more cases like Tatay Mohammad's and Mohammad Said's," the senator added.
(Photo from the Senate)