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CHR raids ‘hidden cell’ inside MPD Station 1

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By Analou De Vera

Inmates inside a 'secret lock-up cell' at the Manila Police District Station 1 in Tondo / CREDIT Alex Baluyut via Facebook

Inmates inside a ‘secret lock-up cell’ at the Manila Police District Station 1 in Tondo / CREDIT Alex Baluyut via Facebook

Twelve individuals were found inside a “secret lock-up cell” at the Manila Police District Station 1 in Tondo, Manila after members of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) conducted a surprise visit.

The CHR reportedly received information that there exists a “secret holding cell” inside the station and that the police were extorting money from relatives of inmates in exchange for their freedom, said Gilbert Boiser, director of the CHR investigation office.

The alleged “secret room” was found hidden behind a book shelf. The room is dark and narrow and there  is only one urinal inside.

P/Supt. Robert Domingo, chief of MPD Station 1, for his part, denied the allegations and said the area is only a “holding room” of the station’s drug enforcement unit and that the 12 individuals were detained inside because they have yet to undergo inquest proceedings.

Domingo said the detainees were placed inside the “holding cell” because the regular detention cell is already “congested.”  The 12 individuals, he added, will be moved to the station’s regular cell after undergoing inquest procedures.

Domingo also bared that the 12 individuals were arrested early morning of April 27 during their ‘One-Time-Big-Time’ Operation for possession of illegal drugs. The operation was conducted for  security of the delegates of the on-going Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Manila, he said.

The CHR condemned the act and said the detention cell should be well ventilated and have proper beddings for the detainees. Boiser said that they are planning to file a case against the officials of MPD- Station 1.

Domingo,on the other said, he is prepared to face charges.

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  • Fred Garcia

    CHR baka pwede pa yan maihabol sa ICC. e habol nyo na yang report na yan. haha..

  • Ken Charbonneau

    Any officer guilty of extorting money or accepting a bribe should be hanged without a trial.

    • Cheap Tuesdays

      You f$%&in nailed it mate…any government employee…proven to have betrayed public trust (e.g. committed corruption, extortion, drug user etc) should be f$(&in thrown into jail for life or shot by a shooting squad…there should be a f$&^ckin special court for these…so that people can expect a speedy trial…let’s see if someone f$&^in dare to pocket single cent from government funds…

  • John Puruntong

    This time, CHR is working for Pres Duterte. This is what the President is fighting for – clean PNP, getting rid of those scalawags and putting those drug suspects in normal prison cells, not clandestine where they can pay-off their freedom.

    • curatolo

      At the same time, trying to embarass the administration by doing it when there is am ASEAN summit this week end.

  • Prison Planet

    It’s called abuse of power. The right to EJK, given by the government, is also license to treat citizens like dogs, or worse.