‘Secret jail’ in Sawang Calero Police Station ‘destroyed’

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WHEN representatives from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) went to the Sawang Calero Police Station in Cebu City on Tuesday morning, April 6, 2021, the “secret jail” where three women were allegedly abused by policemen could no longer be found.

Two of the victims accompanied by CHR representatives pointed to the location of the secret jail in the police station where they were abused. The area is now a storeroom for tanks of liquefied petroleum gas and other things.

One of the victims said that she was confined in the secret jail for three days without charges filed against her. Two of the victims were allegedly robbed while the other was allegedly brought to a motel where she was raped.

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The arrest of the three women was reportedly not logged in the police blotter.

CHR 7 Chief Investigator Leo Villarino is taking the lead in the investigation of the complaints that the three victims reported to CHR.

Thirteen policemen from Sawang Calero Police Station are now facing various charges before the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) 7 of the Philippine National Police. Eleven of them are now assigned in the holding unit of the Police Regional Office headquarters pending the result of the internal investigation. (AYB/With NRC)