De Lima ordered arrested by RTC link

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I somewhat understand of Headlinese. However, I still don't understand ordered. I mean, I can understand was is omitted in following sentence.

De Lima (was) arrested by RTC

But in the sentence, two past participles are arranged side by side. I tried to study Headlinese but I couldn't find answer clearly.

Could somebody make a perfect(normal) sentence from the headline? I read someone said it can be various cases. Then could you make some sentences which is possible to suppose.

So far, my best attempt is that

De Lima (was) ordered (to be) arrested by RTC

I'm not sure, though.

Thank you in advance.

  • RTC ordered someone to arrest De Lima. It's just a passive voice version of that.
    – MorganFR
    Feb 23, 2017 at 16:41
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    To clarify further, from the headline ALONE, we do not know if De Lima was arrested, only that the order to arrest him was sent. Therefore both your suggestions are not implied in the headline.
    – MorganFR
    Feb 23, 2017 at 16:48

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Macmillan provides many definitions of order as a verb; two of them are:

▸ to ask for a product to be made for you or delivered to you
▸ to tell someone to do something

So, if I say:

Bob ordered a cake

that means Bob went to the bakery and asked for a cake to be made, but if I say:

Bob ordered arrested by police chief

This time, the police chief is doing the ordering, and it's a different kind of order. The chief is telling his police force to make the arrest.

Another way to say this would be:

Police Chief orders that Bob be arrested

So, in your sentence:

De Lima ordered arrested by RTC

That means: the RTC issued an order for DeLima's arrest

  • How "issued an order" can be "ordered"?
    – Ting Choe
    Feb 23, 2017 at 18:11

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