MANILA—Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday called for an investigation into the death of an OFW's son in Navotas City.
This was a response to the July 5 killing of Bryan Conje, 22, during an anti-robbery operation in Barangay Northbay Boulevard North.
Police alleged that Conje shot at them during the operation, giving them no choice but to return fire and kill him.
De Lima, however, said in a statement the police should prove their story and that Conje was involved in a robbery incident.
"Kumbaga sa script, gasgas at kumita na ang ganitong kuwento kaya mahirap nang basta-basta paniwalaan," De Lima said.
(We've heard this script before. It's hard to buy these worn-out tales just like that.)
De Lima said this was not the first time the son of an OFW was killed in Navotas under suspicious circumstances.
Raymart Siapo, 19, was killed in 2017 by motorcycle-riding men wearing bonnets after forcibly taking him while in the company of his friends.
"It is tragic to see a mother bury her own son. Dasal natin na matigil na ang patayan. Sana lumabas ang buong katotohanan sa likod ng mga patayan," De Lima said.
De Lima, who has consistently criticized President Rodrigo Duterte's "bloody" war against illegal drugs, said she will file again the "Anti-EJK" bill in the upcoming 18th Congress to "seek accountability for the suspicious deaths under the Duterte administration."