POLICE ABUSE? | Former OFW dies under police custody, MPD denies torture claims

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AUGUST 10, 2018 – A former overseas Filipino worker accused of illegal drugs involvement died under police custody in Manila, days after being allegedly beaten up and tortured by cops.

On August 6, 35-year old Allan Rafael was rushed to the Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital after experiencing difficulty in breathing inside Barbosa Police Station. He died hours after due to cardio-respiratory arrest, the Manila Police District (MPD) said, citing the death certificate issued by the National Bureau Investigation.

Rafael, together with his boardmate Sherwin Angeles, was arrested by policemen on August 3 along CM Recto Avenue corner Loyola St. of Quiapo. Police officers said they recovered from them two plastic sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

His younger brother Aaron, however, disputed the report and said police forced Rafael to surrender as a supplier of illegal drugs and subjected him to torture. Rafael also has lymphoma and had been undergoing chemotherapy for two years.

“’Yung katawan niya nakakarecover na at pagaling na siya… Nung nahuli siya di pa magaling yung sugat niya (sa dibdib), sinuntok siya (doon) ng pulis para umamin siya.”

Before the arrest, Rafael planned to return to his work as a hotel chef in Jedah, Saudi Arabia, his brother said.

MPD, meanwhile, dismissed the allegation.

“We would like to clarify that the detainee was not subjected to torture or inhumane treatment [and] was not ‘slain” contrary to allegation of some,” it said.

Police officers are now investigating the matter.