‘Torture cop’ kicked out of service

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered the dismissal from the service of a police officer who was caught on video torturing an alleged robbery suspect inside a Manila police station last year.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said Senior Insp. Joselito Binayug was already dismissed and dropped from the rolls on orders of PNP Chief Director General Raul Bacalzo.

“We will not go easy on our erring policemen, we cannot tolerate violations of the law especially those that were committed by our own people,” Cruz said.

Binayug was the former commander of Manila Police District (MPD) Police Community Precinct (PCP) of Asuncion, Tondo, Manila where the alleged torture took place sometime in March last year.

Binayug was caught on video pulling a string that was tied to the genitalia of a robbery suspect lying naked on the floor inside the police station.

The spokesman said the PNP’s Internal Affair Service (IAS) ordered Binayug’s dismissal from the service. Binayug filed an appeal on the accusation against him but was eventually denied by the PNP Chief.

Cruz said that Binayug’s pension and other benefits will be forfeited and he is disqualified to hold any public post as consequences of his dismissal from the service. Anthony Vargas

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