20 Mar '11, 6am

Philippine military rocked by new 'torture' video

The Philippine military was rocked Sunday by a fresh "torture" video purporting to show troops abusing trainees as it moved to cleanse its ranks of rogue soldiers. The 14-minute video uploaded on Youtube showed soldiers beating a group of young recruits using ropes and sticks as loud screams could be heard in the background. The military admitted the video was taken during an "escape and evasion" training exercise three years ago in eastern Bicol region, but stressed the painful hazing had already been outlawed and was a "thing of the past." "The escape and evasion exercise used to be part of the military training wherein the 'captive soldiers' are subjected to simulated physical pains endured during their captivity," said regional army spokesman Major Harold Cabunoc. The video, he said, was allegedly uploaded by a group which is a known front for communist guerrillas. He ...

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