CHR launches probe into alleged police abuse, teenager tortured with chili on private parts

Kristine Daguno-Bersamina - Philstar.com
CHR launches probe into alleged police abuse, teenager tortured with chili on private parts
File photo of members of the Philippine National Police in uniform.
The STAR / Ernie Penaredondo, File photo

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights on Saturday launched an investigation into a case involving the torture of a 16-year-old teenager in Davao Occidental.

Based on initial report received by the CHR in Region IX, a 16-year-old minor went to a local police station in the municipality of Davao Occidental to report about the physical abuse he suffered from his father.

Instead of receiving assistance and protection, the teenager was subjected to acts of torture by three police officers entrusted with his safety.

It was reported that the police officers brought the teenager into a dark room and proceeded to pour a solution of vinegar and chili on his private parts. The victim was also threatened to keep silent about the incident.

The commission welcomed the filing of criminal and administrative charges by Police Regional Office XI against the three officers accused of cruel acts to the minor in Davao Occidental.

Another police abuse case

In Zamboanga City, another case of alleged police abuse was reported when a waiter lost his life while being escorted by three officers from the Zamboanga City police. 

Prior to the incident, the waiter engaged in a heated argument that escalated into a fistfight with a retired police major at a local bar. 

The waiter reportedly refused to serve beer to the retired police major, who had been warned against drinking alcohol since he was a stroke survivor, as advised by his fellow retired officer and his son.

As investigation on the death of the waiter is being conducted by the Philippine National Police Regional Internal Affairs Service.

The commission voiced its concern over the recent incidents of alleged police abuse and cruelty.

"As duty-bearers  who must 'serve and protect' the people, including vulnerable individuals, such as minors and service workers, it is expected that police officers exercise their authority in accordance with the rules and standards required of public officers. Respecting the rights and dignity of individuals is a basic requirement in the conduct of their duty," the CHR said.

With the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture approaching on June 26, 2023, the commission highlighted the need to address allegations of police abuse and torture with utmost seriousness. 

"In accordance with the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 and the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, we continue to firmly remind that  no circumstance or context can justify police brutality and/or abuse that equate to torture, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment," the CHR concluded.

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