The torture of Alfreda is now being investigated!
The torture of Alfreda is now being investigated by the Philippine National Police’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS). The IAS is a disciplinary unit within the police that conducts inspections on police personnel, investigates complaints, gathers evidence and conducts hearings on police officers facing administrative charges. We received information that the IAS’ Acting Inspector General received a letter from Amnesty International – apparently from two of our members—in March, and that it was on this basis that they have decided to conduct an investigation. On 11 and 18 June, after some preliminary investigations done by the IAS, a summary hearing for an administrative case was conducted to investigate four police officers for grave misconduct, irregularities in the performance of service, and delay in the delivery of detained persons to the proper judicial authorities in relation to Alfreda’s arrest and detention.