MANILA - Caloocan cops linked to the killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos have claimed all their actions during the anti-drug operation that led to the 17-year-old's death were "above board."
PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and PO1 Jeremias Pereda, who are all facing murder and torture charges, subscribed to their joint-counter-affidavit Monday at the Department of Justice.
Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo, their former chief at the Caloocan Police Station 7, meanwhile, filed a separate counter-affidavit, as he was a co-respondent in the murder case.
In their joint counter-affidavits, the respondents insisted that the police operation, which the former Northern Police District chief admitted had no specific target, was legitimate.
PO1 Cruz earlier told a Senate probe that he and PO1 Pereda were present during the police operation, but it was PO3 Oares who shot Delos Santos dead.
Police previously claimed they shot Delos Santos because he fought them with a gun. But CCTV footage shows the teen being dragged before he was killed.
Based on autopsy reports, the 17-year-old succumbed to three gunshot wounds: two in the head and one in his back.
The cops alleged Delos Santos was a drug runner but admitted that they only knew of that after the teen was killed. The teen's parents have repeatedly denied the allegations as their son even wanted to be a policeman someday.
The killing of Delos Santos has sparked public outrage on the killings made in the name of the administration's drug war.