Theft suspect dies from injuries after a public beating by police officers in Visayas.
A US human rights group has said that physical abuse of suspects by the police was a common procedure in the Philippines.
Cases of police brutality have not reached courts of law because victims thought they had no chance to take on the police force, New York-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report.
“Police brutality is common in the Philippines, where police officers commit serious abuses against criminal suspects with impunity,” the watchdog said in a statement on Dec. 16.
HRW traced police supremacy over civilians during the time of former President Rodrigo Duterte when thousands of police officers were allegedly linked to the killing of 30,000 drug suspects.
“Since the start of former President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in 2016, the police have been linked to thousands of extrajudicial killings during drug raids. Many other suspects have also been subjected to torture or mistreatment,” HRW added.
The statement came after police officers beat up a theft suspect while in custody on Dec. 9 in Maasin City in Southern Leyte province in the Visayas region.
The video showed Police Staff Sergeant Ronald Gamayon beating civilian Gilbert Ranes with his fists along the streets of Maasin City.
Another video showed three men in civilian clothes and a police officer in uniform dragging Ranes into a police vehicle.
Ranes died three hours later in a local hospital because of the injuries sustained from the beating.US rights watchdog says police brutality rife in Philippines – UCA News