At least 11 policemen including mid-ranking police officers are being held by Philippine authorities after a 'torture video'was aired by local TV station showing a naked man being whipped by a police officer apparently to obtain information or confession
The Philippine Human Right Commission has condemned the dastardly act by the police officer captured on video including his staff in the police station located in the high-crime area in Tondo Manila.
Aljazeera news reports:The graphic recording, which has enraged the Philippine public since it was broadcast on Tuesday, showed a man in civilian clothes whipping a naked man writhing on a white tiled floor.
In between blows the torturer yanked a rope that appeared to be tied to the victim's penis.
Police Chief Superintendent Roberto Rongavilla, head of the Task Force investigating the incident said charges are being readied against the policemen involved.
"These people (the officers) are now under the custody of the Manila police," said Rongavilla, adding that a formal complaint will be read against the men.
"The internal affairs office has issued summons and an initial hearing will be held this afternoon," he said.
Following the showing of the video at the local TV network, many complainants have come forward and revealed to the Human Rights Commission and to higher police authorities, their experiences with the police officers who resort to torture as a way of eliciting information from suspected criminals.