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LOOK: 'Secret jail cell' in Manila police station reveals detainees

Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2017 10:28 PM | Updated as of Apr 29 2017 11:40 AM

Commission on Human Rights Director Gilbert Boisner led a team of CHR investigators in a raid at the Manila Police District Station 1 in Tondo, Manila on Thursday to investigate allegations that the police were illegally holding several detainees to be released reportedly upon payment of ransom.

What they discovered surprised them.

CHR Director Boisner (left) first confronts police station commander Superintendent Robert Domingo outside the station about the allegations that the police vehemently denied. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

The police claimed that the hidden room is an extension of the station to avoid overcrowding. Behind the room is Station 1 with its proper jail. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

Boisner interviews some people who were allegedly arrested within the day. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

Boisner directs his attention to a wooden cabinet that leads to a hidden room after he heared voices behind the wall. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

Boisner tries to move the wooden cabinet. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

When the secret door was opened, it revealed a 1x3 meter room full of other detainees. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

Boisner inspects the hidden cell that can fit one double-deck bed. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

Inside the hidden cell are several other detainees who said they have been kept there for days, some weeks, as they await to be released after paying an amount ranging from P40,000 to P200,000. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

Boisner led some of the detainees outside the cell. The CHR discovered 12 detainees being held in the room and the hidden cell. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

Domingo denied the detainees' allegations, saying they were arrested the same day and that their papers are being processed for inquest. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News