Amnesty International says police torture of crime suspects persists in Philippines

December 4, 2014 2:32 AM

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MANILA, Philippines – Amnesty International said Thursday that five years after the Philippines passed a law criminalizing torture, the practice continues, with an overstretched police force resorting to "shortcuts" to extract confessions from criminal suspects.

The Philippine National Police has acknowledged violations persist but stressed they have taken action against erring officers and that cases have drastically declined in recent years, saying the Commission on Human Rights reported just six last year from 68 in 2011.

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