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Filipino cops accused of using ‘wheel of torture’

An alleged “wheel of torture” was placed on a post at a police safe house south of Manila. Officers punished criminal suspects during questioning, activists said.
An alleged “wheel of torture” was placed on a post at a police safe house south of Manila. Officers punished criminal suspects during questioning, activists said.Commission on Human Rights

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police officers played a ‘‘wheel of torture’’ game to have fun and punish criminal suspects during interrogations, including bouts of punching named after boxing star Manny Pacquiao, human rights officials and activists said Tuesday.

Under the game, detainees — mostly suspected drug traffickers — were punched if the ‘‘torture wheel’’ stopped at ‘‘20 seconds Manny Pacman,’’ Pacquiao’s nickname, or hung upside down if it stopped at a punishment called ‘‘30-second bat,’’ Amnesty International said. The London-based rights group called the practice despicable.

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