PNP welcomes Senate, CHR probes on Kian's death


Posted at Aug 21 2017 07:09 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it is ready to face investigations on the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos. 

The PNP is "open to any investigation whether it is the Commission on Human Rights, the Internal Affairs Service, the Senate, and even non-government organizations, said Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos in a press conference. 

"Hayaan natin na yung imbestigasyon ang magbigay ng resulta. Maging maingat tayo sa mga pinalulutang na impormasyon baka ito ay nilulutang lang just to be part o makisawsaw lang sa nangyari na insindente," the PNP Public Information Office chief said.

"Alamin (natin) ang katotohanan at alisin natin yung nagmu-muddle, nanggugulo sa imbestigasyon," he added. 

A police report said Delos Santos was killed by operatives during an anti-drug operation in Caloocan after the 11th grader allegedly resisted arrest and fired at the arresting officials. But eyewitness accounts and footage from a close-circuit television camera showed the minor was dragged by police towards a dark alley where he was shot dead.

The Senate, Commission on Human Rights, and the National Bureau of Investigation have launched independent investigations after Delos Santos' case drew public outrage.

Caloocan City police chief Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna was relieved of his position while the policemen involved in the killing were placed under restrictive custody while the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group looks into the case, Carlos said.

The CIDG will look into irregularities during the operations, and verify allegations that Delos Santos' father and uncles were involved in the drug trade in their community, Carlos said.

"Kung ano yung makikita nating resulta, gamitin natin ito sa pagsampa ng kaso laban doon sa nagkamali," he said.

The police spokesman said Delos Santos' case should not be used to generalize that all operations against illegal drugs may lead to the death of minors.

At least 3,000 drug suspects have been killed, while the deaths of thousands of others are "under investigation" since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his bloody campaign against illegal drugs in 2016.