Thursday, January 13, 2011

‘Torture cop’ dismissed from police service – PNP

The police officer implicated in the torture and disappearance of a suspected criminal has been dismissed from police service, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.

Senior Inspector Joselito Binayug has been removed from the force after the PNP’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS) junked last week the motion for reconsideration on his dismissal, said PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr.

“The chief PNP, Director General Raul Bacalzo, said that a policeman like Senior Inspector Binayug has no place in the police organization," Cruz told reporters.

Binayug, former precinct commander of the Asuncion Police Community Precinct in Manila, gained notoriety in August last year after he was named as the police officer who was caught on video torturing a suspected thief who was never seen again.

The video showed a cop pulling a string attached to the groin area of the naked victim, who screamed and twitched every time the string was pulled. 

Binayug and the entire Asuncion Police Community Precinct roster were relieved from their posts following the incident. Eight policemen, including Binayug, were charged with violations of the “Anti-Torture Act of 2009."

Binayug denied that he was the man shown in the video.

After being dismissed from service, Binayug will be stripped off all his benefits as a policeman except for his accrued and unpaid leaves, according to Cruz.

“This is just a proof that we do not tolerate wrongdoings in the organization, specifically those issues involving violation of human rights," he said.

The PNP is currently under fire after several of its members were implicated in kidnap-for-ransom activities, murder, rape and drug use. - KBK, GMANews.TV

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