Police brutality. It's a taboo but it is happening here in the Philippines and around the world.
Today, on the news another expose about Philippine police brutality has surfaced. The victims of police brutality are usually suspects of some crime. The latest of which was a suspect with numerous charges against him.
As far as I can recall, the first torture video that caught the media attention were three holdup suspects - all delinquents, was shown beaten up and were forced to lock lips with one another.
Then there was another. The video was apparently shot at the Daet, Camarines Norte police station on April 2009. The victim was punched repeatedly and had a plastic bag over his head. It was to have him confess his crimes and accomplices.
Another police torture video that triggered an outrage was a cellphone video shown by ABS-CBN news showing a naked man grimacing in pain. A string was supposedly tied on the man's genitals and police reportedly tugged on the string everytime the victim failed to answer questions. Later, the torture victim was reported to have died although he has not been identified.
All 21 police men including their chief superintendent has been suspended due to this incident. Again, an investigation unit has been put up. The vow to get these policemen and promise to end police brutality is strong but what keeps these policemen from committing the same "crime" over and over again?
As soon as the media frenzy dies on the issue, let us hope that the fight for human rights do not die with it.