Published: Sun, August 27, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Caloocan cops charged with murder over killing of teenager

Caloocan cops charged with murder over killing of teenager

The Philippine Senate's inquiry into the high profile police killing of teenager Kian Delos Santos began on Thursday Aug. 24.

Kian's uncle Randy delos Santos and a certain Choleng are among the witnesses. A bullet also entered Kian's back.

Attached to the complaint were the testimony of witnesses, the final autopsy report, and photos from the autopsy. Risa Hontiveros of Akbayan Party said she was authorized to take custody of two minor witnesses. However, several witnesses claimed that the police's assertion wasn't true.

The three police officers being blamed for the killing of Kian have been identified as PO 3 Arnel Oares and PO1 Jeremiah Pereda and PO1 Jerwin Cruz. Priests, classmates and friends (below) offer prayers at Sta.

Justice Secretary Vitalliano Aguirre II on Friday said the evidence showed that there was foul play involved.

"There's no evidence that would back up [the policemen's story] that he fought back".

Aguirre said the Justice Department condemns such acts by the police. His family said he had no weapon, was right-handed and had no involvement in drugs.

Roberto Fajardo, the Northern Police District chief who was relieved of his duty, told the hearing there was no specific target of the August 16 operation in Manila's Caloocan City, but police could confirm Delos Santos was involved in drugs.

But the Philippine National Police asked the public to withhold judgment and allow due process to take its course in the case, after the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Agnes Callamard condemned the killing as murder.

A progress report by the Caloocan City Police Station dated August 20 said a team of policemen led by PO3 Arnel Oares was conducting anti-crime operations in Barangay 160 when it chanced upon a group of men at a basketball court who scampered in different directions after sensing it was a police operation.

Asked if those drugs links were known after the killing, Fajardo said: "Yes". "This incident, however, would not deter the Administration from the task of reducing criminality and illegal drugs".

Duterte said he would be "happy to slaughter" three million drug addicts, and likened his campaign to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews in Europe. "As the President has declared time and again, it will be pursued relentlessly", he said. The policemen claimed they were forced to shoot back at Delos Santos after he fired at them while trying escape. "Those found responsible would be held accountable before the law", he said.

'We are here for truth and justice so we have to file this immediately'.

Triambulo said the lawmen also violated the police operational procedures when they accosted Kian when he was not committing any crime.

"This was where their mobile patrol vehicle was parked, Kian Loyd was picked up but they did not bring him straight to the mobile patrol auto and instead dragged him in an alley where the boy was later found dead".

"The President has clearly stated that the war against drugs is not a license to break the law".

Three government bodies, the department of justice, the senate, and the Commission on Human Rights, launched investigations.

He reiterated that he can be impeached, even killed or removed from office but he has no plans of changing his policy.

Hontiveros also called on Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd to inhibit from investigating the killing of de los Santos, and to cease from offering to bring the witnesses under the WPP.

Malacañang on Friday said it would wait for the results of the investigation into the killing before making any conclusion on his death.

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