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Philippine army promises reform after 'torture' video

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Philippine army promises reform after 'torture' video

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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.