Quantcast
Latest Stories

‘Probe Mayor Lim over handling of suspect’

By

Mayor Alfredo Lim is shown allegedly forcing a suspect to admit a crime in the absence of his legal counsel. TV GRAB FROM GMA NEWS POSTED ON WWW.HUMANRIGHTS.ASIA

MANILA, Philippines—The Asian Human Rights Commission is calling for an investigation of Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim who was shown on a televised newscast interrogating and forcing a confession out of a robbery suspect while police officers looked on and did nothing.

The incident, captured by TV cameras, was a violation of the country’s antitorture law, the AHRC said in a statement.

“Forcing crime suspects to confess their supposed transgressions, in full view of the police, the public and the press has been done all too often in this country, but this does not make it right,” said the AHRC, a nongovernmental body of Asian jurists and human rights activists.

“If they could do this in open view of the public with impunity, there is nothing to prevent ordinary policemen from using torture as a method of investigation,” it added.

The Commission on Human Rights and the Public Attorney’s Office should investigate Lim for his actions, and the police officers for allowing him to violate the detainee’s rights, the Hong Kong-based AHRC said.

The TV footage from GMA News aired on June 21 showed Lim ordering the suspect to speak up on the allegations that he committed the robbery, while the mayor’s hand was pressing on the suspect’s shoulder. The suspect initially denied committing the robbery but, interrogated by Lim, he admitted his involvement.

The AHRC commented that it was “obvious” the suspect was forced to make the admission.

It pointed out that under the law, inflicting physical or psychological pain in order to extract a confession or information, and forcing a person to admit to a crime, were criminal offenses.

“The AHRC is shocked, but not surprised, by the inaction of the police and of how Mayor Lim could openly break the law in front of the law enforcement officers,” it said.

“In a situation where a suspect is questioned in the absence of his legal counsel by an influential politician in front of senior police officers and journalists, it is likely that any suspect would admit to anything,” it further said.

Enough evidence

The human rights group believes there was no need for Lim to have extracted the confession from the suspect, since the police officers earlier said they had enough evidence to support a robbery and attempted rape case.

“In fact, Mayor Lim’s torture of the suspect in full view of the public only damages the probability of a successful prosecution because evidence taken by way of torture is not admissible in court. As a former policemen himself of 30 years, Mayor Lim should have known this most elementary rule of evidence,” it said.

“If Mayor Lim and the other policemen are not held accountable for this incident, this would aggravate and perhaps have irreversible consequences on the people’s loss of trust and confidence in the law,” it added.

Not a rare occurrence

The AHRC lamented that Lim’s actions, and the police officers’ acceptance of it, were not a rare occurrence in the country, and may even set the tone for future actions of law enforcers.

“There is nothing unique and scandalous about Mayor Lim torturing the suspect and the policemen not doing anything to protect a detainee’s rights. In fact, it merely reaffirms what all Filipinos know about the systematic and widespread torture practiced during police investigations and questioning while detainees are held in custody,” it said.

A transcript of the GMA-7 news clip was posted on the AHRC website (http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-113-2013):

Mayor Lim: ’Di ba ikaw ang nang holdap dito? (Wasn’t it you who robbed this woman?)

Suspect: Hindi kami (It was not us).

Mayor Lim: (asking the two complainants) Sino ba ang nang-holdap sa iyo? (Who robbed you?) O, ikaw daw eh. Magsalita ka. (You see, she said it was you.) (Mayor Lim, in a yellow shirt, was seen pressing on the suspect’s shoulder hard).

Suspect: Hindi (No).

Mayor Lim: Hindi? Ibig mong sabihin nagsisinungaling ito? (No? Are you saying the complainants are lying?)

Mayor Lim: Totoo ’yung sinasabi n’ya? Ha? (So, what she said is true, right?)

Suspect: Oo. (Yes).

Mayor Lim: So, totoo ito inaamin mo na pinagtatangkaan mo. Naholdap eh. Na dadalhin dun sa… para gahasain. (So, you are admitting that you attempted to rape this woman. She was robbed and was attempted to be raped).


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Alfredo Lim , handling of suspect , Human rights , investigation , Manila , Philippines - Metro , torture




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
Advertisement

News

  • Name names, Lacson told
  • Ukraine FM: We are ready to fight Russia
  • Slain officer’s ‘diagram’ rocks PNP
  • 2 contractors fined P25,000 for delays in Edsa rehab
  • Luisita beneficiaries take over renters
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Denims that keep you cool–literally
  • 10 essential summer skin savers
  • Here’s your visual guide to all things cool, hot in summer fashion
  • Entertainment

  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • OMB exec’s assurance: We work 24/7
  • Business

  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Gaming stocks gain, PSEi eases on profit-taking
  • Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March
  • Corporate bonds sweeteners
  • Professionals in the family business
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  • US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  • Complex health care system for California’s elderly and poor explained
  • Tiff with HK over Luneta hostage fiasco finally over
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement