Investigators from the National Police and prosecutors from the Department of Justice are undergoing training this week to improve the prosecution of torture cases and strengthen human rights and the rule of law in the Philippines.
The program, organised by Medical Action Group (MAG) with funding from the British Embassy, will boost the capacity to preserve and process physical and medical evidences that should have probative value in court.
The training started on 23 January in Manila with the first batch of 45 investigators and prosecutors. Other training sessions will be conducted in Baguio, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga and Davao. In addition, selected graduates will receive further training as trainers for investigators and prosecutors in other parts of the country.