The Police in the Philippines have an impossible task when it comes to be consistent and upholding the laws of the land. First of all they have a very dangerous job as guns are everywhere in the Philippines and most of them are purchased illegally. Gun control is poor and the ability of the police to solve crimes are hampered by resources and people blocking them. If you are rich you can probably manage to pay your way out of problems, in most cases if you are rich the police will be very wary of coming after you. Money talks.
Most of the police I have ever dealt with have been fine. They earn very little and have to endure heat and long hours and in the main they stay happy. Remember, the Police force here from the start is dramatically underfunded and like most of the rest of the Philippines money gets moved out to other areas. Corruption in other words.
I have had to pay bribe money three or four times for”made up” issues. But I have never had any serious issues, although I know foreigners who have had to deal with major issues. The law works different here, so do not think like a westerner. The legal system here is slow and you can be lost for years in the system. Even if you are waiting in jail, you can be there months or years before the case even moves.
Amnesty International said in May 2015 that five years after the Philippines passed a law criminalizing torture, the practice continues, with an overstretched police force resorting to “shortcuts” to extract confessions from criminal suspects.
The Philippine National Police has acknowledged violations persist but stressed they have taken action against erring officers and that cases have drastically declined in recent years, saying the Commission on Human Rights reported just six last year from 68 in 2011.
The human rights group said in a report released Thursday that eight of the 55 torture victims it interviewed were subjected to Russian roulette and threatened with death if they refused to cooperate. Two of them were shot but survived. Others were systematically beaten, received electric shocks and forced to sit or sleep in an uncomfortable position for long periods without food or water. At least two were stripped naked with their genital tied to a string pulled by police officers, it said.
The report said that no one has been convicted under the 2009 Anti-Torture Act.
Particularly worrying, Amnesty said, was the existence of unofficial and secret detention centers where it said torture and other ill-treatment were likely to take place.
The report cited the secret detention facility in Laguna, a province south of Manila, which was exposed by the Philippine Commission on Human Rights in January. Forty-three detainees were found inside the facility where police officers played a “wheel of torture” game to have fun and punish criminal suspects during interrogation.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/rights-group-police-torture-in-philippines-rife/#PTyVI3Q2J5f5sihO.99