MANILA - The parents of slain teen Kian Delos Santos were calm and composed as they faced the three policemen accused of killing their son as the Senate on Thursday began an inquiry into the 11th grader's controversial death.
Kian's grieving mother Lorenza Delos Santos, an overseas worker who rushed home following news of her son's death, defended the 17-year-old from accusations that the teenager was a drug courier.
She said Kian was a good boy who respected his elders and people in authority. She said Kian and his siblings were raised to value a simple life.
"Kahit po kami mahirap, isa lang po ang sinasabi ko, na lumaking matapat, may takot sa Diyos at may respeto sa matatanda," she said at the Senate hearing.
Kian's father Saldy Delos Santos meanwhile detailed how Kian would help him with their store and how the teenager's day was divided between his studies and helping his parents.
He reiterated that Kian's dream was to become a policeman, and that he was a big fan of the ABS-CBN police drama "Ang Probinsyano."
"Sa isang saglit lang, kinuha niyo ang buhay," Kian's father told the policemen accused of killing the boy, PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and PO1 Jeremias Pereda.
Delos Santos' death during a police operation in Caloocan City on Aug. 16 has drawn heavy public condemnation as evidence, including witness statements and CCTV footage, indicate that the boy was executed.
Witnesses have said that before the boy was killed, police gave him a gun and told him to run for his life. CCTV footage also showed police dragging Delos Santos to the spot where he was later shot dead.
Autopsy reports meanwhile showed that the boy was already down on the ground when shot.