DAVAO CITY, Apr. 28, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police to explain to the Office of the President the existence of a hidden jail cell which housed drug suspects.
The Commission on Human Rights raided a dank cell hidden behind a book shelf of the chief of police of the MPD Station 1.
The CHR found at least 12 drug suspects allegedly being hidden inside the cell for a ransom-like fee.
“I will look into this afternoon. I will call Bato,” President Duterte said, referring to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.
Duterte said he was not personally aware of the details yet.
The CHR conducted a raid of the Tondo, Manila jail cell in an unannounced inspection.
In a statement, Malacañang spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that the Palace welcomed the relieving of the Manila Police District Station Commander, who claimed that the action was being done because of a lack of space in the existing jail cells.
Police Director Oscar Albayalde, meanwhile, said that the practice is not being tolerated.
The PNP’s Regional Internal Affairs Service is currently conducting an investigation, Abella added.