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Rights group: Police torture in Philippines rife


 Amnesty International says that five years after the Philippines passed a law criminalizing torture, the practice continues, with an overstretched police force resorting to "shortcuts" to extract confessions from criminal suspects.

   The Philippine National Police has acknowledged violations persist but say they have taken action against erring officers and that cases have drastically declined, saying the Commission on Human Rights reported just six last year from 68 in 2011.

   A report by the human rights group released Thursday says that 55 survivors and their family members described various forms of torture, including punches and kicks to the body, electrocution and police officers pulling strings tied to a naked suspect's genitals.

   The report says no perpetrator is known to have been convicted under the 2009 Anti-Torture Act.

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