No whitewash in 'wheel of torture' probe: PNP

Posted at 01/31/14 3:17 PM

MANILA -- The regional director for Philippine National Police (PNP) - Calabarzon assured that there will be no whitewash in their investigation on the policemen implicated in the so-called "wheel of torture" case.

In an interview with "Mornings @ ANC" on Friday, Chief Superintendent Jesus Gatchalian said they are confident that summary dismissal proceedings for the policemen will be concluded within the 60-day limit provided by law.

He said the proceedings will be open to the media to allay fears of a possible whitewash.

Gatchalian stressed that the PNP has a zero-tolerance policy for torture among its ranks.

"Sa sitwasyon natin, this is a democratic society, wala na dapat itong mga kwentong ganito. Nung nalaman natin ito, nalungkot tayo... The police is zero percent tolerant pagdating sa ganyan. Yung mga leadership natin galit na galit sa mga ganyan," he said.

Twelve policemen have been relieved amid allegations that they maltreated inmates inside a secret detention facility in Biñan, Laguna.

More than 40 detainees were allegedly made to suffer punishments under a "wheel of torture" game.

Gatchalian clarified that the facility was a temporary detention cell at a satellite office of the regional intelligence branch.

But its existence was never communicated up and down the PNP chain of command.

He said none of the accused have admitted to the charges against them so far.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), meanwhile, has called on government to hold the officers accountable for what they call "despicable" acts. -- With ANC