AFP, PNP checking camps for torture

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Monday, February 3, 2014


THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will help monitor military camps to ensure compliance with the Anti-Torture Act, officials said Monday.

Urged by the discovery of an alleged torture chamber in a detention facility in Laguna, Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said the AFP will help the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in ensuring that there is no activity such as depriving one's right in any military camps.

"One of the pillars of military's security plan is the respect for human rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," said the AFP Public Affairs chief.

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"Every soldier is committed to uphold this and if found to have violated will be met with appropriate sanctions," he added.

Earlier, CHR chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales appealed to the military for help in monitoring military camps' compliance with provisions of the Anti-torture Act.

Ten 10 policemen have been relieved from their posts in Binan camp for allegedly torturing inmates. Criminal and administrative charges have been filed against the erring cops.

Meanwhile, PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said personnel from the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) and the Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) have been ordered to check the condition of the inmates and offenders under the custody of regional, provincial and municipal police units.

Aside from the physical headcount and audit, the inspection teams will also review case records of detainees to determine the basis of their continued detention and verify if there are certain issues on custodial jurisdiction.

"Time and again, police personnel are reminded of their required commitment and responsibility and isolated as it is," Sindac said.
"This particular incident in Laguna does not reflect a pervasive situation or a systematic practice among police units," he added. (Sunnex)

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