MANILA - The family of Kian Lloyd Delos Santos -- a 17-year-old student killed by anti-narcotics policemen -- expressed fear for their safety on Sunday.
The teenager's father, Saldy, said his family and several witnesses received threats after they claimed that Kian was mauled by policemen, given a gun and told to run before he was shot dead.
"May mga kapangyarihan po ang kalaban ko. Simpleng tao lang po kami," Saldy told DZMM.
"Kaya nga nilang pumatay ng menor de edad, kami pa kaya?"
(My enemies are powerful. We are only ordinary people. If they can kill a minor, why can't they do the same to us?)
Saldy said he has sought help from Vice President Leni Robredo, who visited the wake of his son.
He added he is ready to face any investigation on his son's killing.
"Ilalaban ko ang anak ko, kinawawa nila ang anak ko," Saldy said.
"Ang anak ko, gustong mag-pulis. Ina-idolize sila tapos sila ang papatay sa anak ko."
(I will fight for my son, they abused him. My son wanted to be a policeman. He idolized them, but they killed him.)
Police officers have insisted that the Grade 11 student "resisted" arrest during the anti-drug operations in Barangay 160, Caloocan last Wednesday.
On Sunday, investigators presented a professed drug pusher, who tagged Kian as a narcotics runner. -- With Arra Perez, ABS-CBN News