• Inventory of nationwide custodial centers begin

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    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Friday that it has started conducting a nationwide inventory of all lock-up cells and custodial facilities maintained and controlled by field operatives.

    The inventory came following reports of Biñan facility inmates that were tortured by lawmen.

    PNP public information officer, Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac said the Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) and Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) were given the task of conducting the inventory.

    “Audit and inspection teams from DIDM and HRAO were sent to account for all lock-up cells in regional, provincial, city and municipal police units to check on condition of inmates in police custody,” Sindac said.

    The PNP official said that the inspection and audit teams will also review case records of detainees to determine whether their continued detention is warranted and check on custodial issues.

    “Police personnel are reminded of their required commitment and responsibility. And isolated as it is, this particular incident in Laguna does not reflect a pervasive situation or a systematic practice among police units,” Sindac said.

    Already 12 police officers, including the provincial director of Laguna Provincial Police Office (LPPO), were ordered relieved from their posts; some were investigated and restricted to their camp after reports of torture inside a ‘secret’ police detention facility.

    Relieved were Sr. Supt. Pascual Munoz, the director of LPPO, Supt. Kirby Kraft, chief of the LPPO’s Provincial Intelligence and Investigation Branch (PIIB).

    Also relieved were Chief Insp. Arnold Formento, Sr. Police Officer (SPO) 3 Bernadino Artisen, SPO1 Alexander Asis, PO3’s Renan Galang and Freddie Ramos; PO2’s Marc Julius Caezar, Melmar Bayabado Viray, Aldwin Paulo Tibuc, Mateo Cailo and PO1 Nelso Caribo who are being investigated for grave misconduct and maltreatment of prisoners.

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