Lacson on secret jail: PNP chief ‘arrogant’

Paolo Romero - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Panfilo Lacson chided yesterday Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa for defending police officers caught running a secret jail in Manila.

The senator, a former PNP chief, said he was surprised Dela Rosa took such a stance when members of the police station in Tondo clearly violated the law.

 “Defending an unlivable prison cell hidden behind a book shelf inside a police station is incomprehensible. It is also very arrogant,” Lacson tweeted.

The Senate is set to conduct an inquiry into the so-called “secret jail” that lawmakers said was another black mark in the Duterte administration’s human rights record.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and Sen. Risa Hontiveros in separate statements renewed their call for an end to police excesses and impunity in the ongoing war on drugs.

They also urged proper authorities to swiftly investigate and prosecute the policemen behind the “secret jail” found inside the police station.

A Commission on Human Rights team on April 27 discovered at least 12 men and women detained illegally in a cell hidden behind a bookshelf at the Manila Police District  Station 1, formerly headed by Superintendent Robert Domingo.


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