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Secret Detention: A Clear Violation of Human Rights
On Torture
Monday, 22 May 2017 14:53
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines is appalled by the statement of Chief PNP Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa that seems to condone the maintenance of secret detention places.
He said, “Ang pulis ko walang ginawang kalokohan.” (“My police has done nothing wrong.”) This was in reference to the discovery by the Commission on Human Rights of a secret detention facility at MPD Police Station 1.
May we refer the Chief PNP to Section 12 of the Philippine Constitution:
No torture, force, violence, threat, intimidation, or any other means which vitiate the free will shall be used against him. Secret detention places, solitary, incommunicado, or other similar forms of detention are prohibited.

A detention place behind a bookshelf? Does that not qualify as a secret detention place specifically prohibited by our Constitution?
May we again remind the good general of Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Law. Section 4 (b). 3 states: “"Mental/Psychological Torture" refers to acts committed by a person in authority or agent of a person in authority which are calculated to affect or confuse the mind and/or undermine a person's dignity and morale, such as: (3) Confinement in solitary cells or secret detention places;”
Republic Act 10353 or the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law also recognizes that: (b) Enforced or involuntary disappearance refers to the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty committed by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which places such person outside the protection of the law.

Those found at the secret detention facility have been detained without charges and have been denied their right to access to communication.
The police had not only desecrated our Constitution, they violated the law. This is impunity by Manila’s finest.
It might be prudent for the Chief PNP to allow an investigation to proceed rather than an immediate exoneration of any wrongdoing.
It might also be worthwhile for the Chief PNP to provide copies of the Constitution and other Republic Acts to his police not only as decorations on a bookshelf but to be studied and upheld by all.
Ignorance of the law excuses no one, most especially our security forces. Obviously, it does not excuse you, Chief PNP Ronald dela Rosa, who was sworn to uphold the law and to serve and protect our citizens.
April 30, 2017

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