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Philippines to probe cops filmed 'executing' kidnapping suspects

Published on Jul 13, 2013 6:53 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines will investigate a group of police officers who were allegedly filmed executing a criminal, the government's human rights commission said on Saturday.

The video was at odds with an account of the event in which the officers said they killed three gangsters in a shootout on the streets of the southern city of Davao on Thursday.

In an interview broadcast by the ABS-CBN network that ran the footage, Commission on Human Rights chairman Loretta Ann Rosales said: "That's clear murder."

Ms Rosales has ordered an inquiry into the shooting to determine the officers' possible criminal culpability, the commission's spokesman, Mr Mark Cebreros, told AFP. However, he said Ms Rosales' comments should not be interpreted literally.

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