MANILA - #JusticeForKian on Saturday dominated Philippine trending topics on social media, as celebrities denounced the killing of an 11th grader who police claimed was a drug peddler in Caloocan.
Police said they shot 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos in a dark alley for supposedly drawing a gun and resisting arrest, but closed-circuit television camera footage showed that the boy was manhandled and dragged by cops.
Comedienne Ethel Gabison more known as Ethel Booba took a swipe at policemen who were involved in the death of Delos Santos by giving a whole new meaning to "fafda," a Twitter gaffe made by Communications Department.
"Fafda is an acryonym for: Fulis Are Failing Due Action. This tweet was made after what happened to 17-year old Kian De Los Santos. Charot!" Gabison tweeted.
Tweets from online influencers Camille Co and Bianca Gonzalez had a more serious tone as the bloggers decried police brutality and sympathized with the victim's loved ones.
"Yung puso ko nadudurog kasama ng magulang ni Kian. Ganito nalang ba lagi? Yung napapatay, nagiging statistic nalang? #JusticeForKian," Gonzalez said.
"It's sad that we fear our police force for all the wrong reasons. They're supposed to protect us, not the other way around. #JusticeForKian," Co said.
"What do these policemen get? They lose their jobs. That's it. But what about the victim? The loved ones he left behind? #justiceforkian," she added.
The fashion and lifestyle blogger also questioned why authorities supposedly target small-time drug users instead of hounding drug syndicates and their cohorts in government offices.
Other celebrities slammed how some Filipinos seem to have developed indifference toward police abuses and extrajudicial killings.
"It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that people are okay with murder because their leader says it is okay," Miss Philippines International 2017 Mariel De Leon tweeted.
"I am VERY angry. They killed this young boy. If you are, EXPRESS IT. We cannot allow our country to be ruled by evil. #JusticeForKian," singer Jim Paredes, a long-time critic of President Rodrigo Duterte said.
Other netizens also expressed their dismay and joined the online movement that sought #JusticeForKian.
President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to comment on the 17-year-old's death, but his spokesman labelled Delos Santos' killing as an "isolated" incident.
Lawmakers said a congressional probe will be launched in the coming days to look into the minor's death.