August 27, 2010
This is the call of the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)-Philippines on the denial of Senior Inspector Joselito Binayug during a Senate hearing that he was the police officer shown in a video torturing an alleged robbery suspect in a police precinct in Asuncion, Tondo.
The coalition said “while we laud the Senate inquiry on Binayug, we need more than an inquiry”.
Edeliza P. Hernandez, one of the spokespersons of the group and Executive Director of Medical Action Group (MAG) said “we are deeply concerned that torture and ill-treatment committed by the police are seldom investigated and prosecuted and that torturers are either rarely convicted or sentenced to lenient penalties that are not in accordance with the grave nature of their crimes.”
August 18, 2010
The Medical Action Group, Inc. (MAG) condemns the inhuman act and degrading punishment recently conducted by a person in authority allegedly a police chief in Manila. This merciless act is just an example on how our government allows torture as a systematic policy in interrogation and punishment. The alleged torture victim was accused of robbery. According to ABS-CBN News, a video was captured by a young man named Emil and he just wanted to reveal the undisclosed activities inside detention cells. Manila Police District Director Chief Superintendent Rodolfo Magtibay and National Capital Region Police Office Chief Director Leocadio Santiago reviewed the video and pledged to conduct an investigation and summon all persons involved in the incident.