An executive from the Palace preserved that torture is an act of crime and gave warning to law enforcers to stand by the rule of law.
According to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., the current government highly encourages democracy and independence but torture disrupts its moral.
“Wala pong lugar sa ating pamahalaan dahil labag sa batas at labag po sa ating mga adhikain ng demokrasya at kalayaan ‘yung paggamit ng torture (Torture has no place in the current administration because it violates the ideals of democracy and independence),” the Secretary said.
The Palace delivered the statement after bar groups from the Philippines, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, France and Germany insisted the Department of Justice (DOJ) to address torture cases in the Philippines, noticing that it became “routine during interrogations by police officers.”
The groups also said that since the Anti-Torture Act has been executed, no one has been detained or made liable yet.
The lawyers’ groups are seeking for an independent and effective investigation on the torture cases in the Philippines from DOJ.
Secretary Coloma said law enforcers should lead in following the rule of law rather than committing torture against the citizens.
“Ang atin pong mga alagad ng batas ay pinaaalalahanan na kailangang ipatupad ang batas at sila mismo ang unang dapat sumunod sa batas at hindi rin magsagawa ng mga kahalintulad na aksyon dahil sila po ang nagpapatupad ng batas,” Coloma added.
(Our law enforcers are reminded that they implement the law and are the first ones who should adhere to the rule of law.)
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