Thursday| May 18, 2017
Investigators from the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) found that a “secret cell” inside a Manila police station was not secret after all and the officers responsible for it did not violate human rights or police regulations, IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo said on Wednesday.
IAS fact-finding team reported that the 10 detainees in the Raxabago Police Station cell has no torture marks, were allowed visitors and underwent inquest proceedings 18 hours after their arrest.
“They did not see any human rights violation … That was the result of their investigation,” he said.
The “secret cell” served only as a “holding cell” and local barangay officials knew about its existence.
“They got testimony (from the detainees’ relatives) and two barangay chairs even made a certification that (the cell) had existed publicly for a long time, so that means that is not secret detention,” Triambulo said.
The IAS investigated the case after the one-meter by five-meter narrow, windowless and smelly cell was discovered on April 27 by Commission on human rights.
“What happened was even before the papers were completed, the CHR filed a case before the Ombudsman so immediately I directed the fact-finding team to give the results, which I had not seen at that time, to the Ombudsman because it might help,” he said
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