The Philippine army on Tuesday vowed to reform its training procedures after a video emerged on the Internet purporting to show troops abusing young cadets.
The 14-minute clip uploaded on Youtube showed soldiers beating a group of young recruits using ropes and sticks.
The military has already confirmed it was filmed during an ‘escape’ training exercise; critics said it amounted to torture.
The country’s 130,000-strong army is under pressure to improve its image and weed out rogue soldiers.
A 2007 UN report said its troops had been behind numerous human rights abuses, including political killings and abductions.