Today, Kian Delos Santos was laid to rest at the La Loma Cemetry in Caloocan City. Hundreds joined the march to show their support to him and his family since many believed that his death is unjust.
Apart from the family and friends of Kian who was present during his funeral, those who are against the war on drugs program of Duterte also came to express their support to the bereaved family. Hundreds of people marched for about three hours from Kian’s neighborhood in Sta. Quiteria to the cemetery. Along the streets, groups of people were waiting for the cortege of Kian. Others even chanted for justice, calling for the end of drug-related killings.
The 17-year-old teenager was killed on Aug. 16 in an anti-drug police operation in Libis Baisa, Barangay 160, Caloocan City. Policemen claimed that Kian was armed and allegedly shot at them and they shot him as self-defense. But a CCTV footage and the statements of witnesses belies said claim.
Two separate autopsies by the Public Attorney’s Office and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Northern Police District Crime Laboratory revealed that Kian was shot at close range while kneeling.
Meanwhile, the four policemen which include Caloocan City Police Station 7 head Chief Insp. Amor Cerillo, Police Officer (PO) 3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremiah Pereda, and PO1 Jerwin Cruz were charged with murder and torture.
According to Inquirer, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that President Duterte will not tolerate any wrong doings or illegal acts of the law enforcement officers. He added that criminal charges filed against the policemen prove this.
The death of Kian is dubbed as another case of extrajudicial killing and is condemned by many people and groups in the country.
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