PNP sends inspection, audit teams to account for lock up cells nationwide

January 31, 2014 11:50 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 31 –- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has sent inspection and audit teams to account for all lock up cells in various parts of the country following revelation of the existence of satellite jail cells allegedly being used in torture activities.

Chief Supt. Theodore Reuben Sindac, PNP-Public Information Office chief, said the move was part of the swift and decisive actions undertaken by the PNP high command on alleged irregularities by some misguided policemen in a police detention facility in Laguna.

Sindac said the inspection and audit teams from the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) and the Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) were sent to account for all lock-up cells in regional, provincial, city/ municipal police units to check on the condition of inmates and offenders in police custody.

”Aside from the physical headcount and audit, the inspection teams will also review case records of detainees to determine the basis of their continued detention and verify if there are certain issues on custodial jurisdiction,” said Sindac.

He said that time and again, police personnel are reminded of their required commitment and responsibility.

Sindac also described the Laguna issue as isolated.

”Isolated as it is, this particular incident in Laguna does not reflect a pervasive situation or a systematic practice among police units,” he said.

Earlier, two top-ranking police officials in Laguna were relieved from their posts for command responsibility following discovery by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of lock up cells in Binan City.

Laguna police director Senior Supt. Pascual Munoz and Supt. Kirby Kraft, intelligence officer, were relieved by Chief Supt. Jesus Gatchalian, director of the Police Regional Office-4A.

Ten other policemen were also relieved and are now facing investigation for maintaining the lock up cells which allegedly served as venue for torture activities under the so-called “Roleta ng Kamalasan” or “Wheel of Misfortune.” (PNA)

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