41 detainees maltreated at secret PNP facility
By Cynthia D. Balana, Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 29, 2014
|Photo by CHR|
Police officers have been sacked following revelations they played a
so-called “wheel of torture” game at a secret detention facility to
extract information from criminal suspects and also to have fun, the
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said on Tuesday.
The CHR is looking into the alleged
maltreatment of up to 41 detainees in the PNP facility in Biñan, Laguna
province, according to the commission.
Under the game, detainees—mostly suspected
drug traffickers—were punched if the “torture wheel” stopped at “20
seconds Manny Pacman,” referring to a nickname of popular boxer Manny
Pacquiao, or hung upside down if it stopped at a punishment called
“30-second bat,” said Amnesty International, the London-based rights
group. It called the practice despicable.
“It’s horrible,” said CHR chair Loretta Ann
Rosales of the revelation more than three decades after the Philippines
emerged from the brutal era of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship.