MANILA - With hundreds of friends, relatives and supporters, the funeral procession for slain teen Kian Delos Santos early Saturday morning made a stop in front of the Caloocan City Police Station where officers tagged in his shooting are assigned.
The boy's funeral car- a truck bedecked with flowers where his casket was placed- made a stop at Caloocan City's Police Community Precinct 7, the station where PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and PO1 Jeremias Pereda are assigned, before proceeding to the funeral mass.
The officers are linked to Delos Santos' controversial killing in an anti-drug operation on Aug. 16, which has drawn heavy public condemnation amid evidence that he was executed.
The policemen, however, maintained that Kian was a drug runner. They claimed that the teenager shot at them first.
The crowd, including priests and nuns, offered a prayer and a brief program before the boy's remains were brought to the Sta. Quiteria Church.
"Justice for Kian! Justice for all!," the attendees chanted.
"Itigil ang patayan! (Stop the killings)," they said in reference to the recent spate of killings in overnight police operations under the relentless war on drugs.
Running priest Fr. Robert Reyes expressed hopes that there would be no whitewash in the investigation into Delos Santos' death.
“'Wag sanang double dead ito. Pinatay na si Kian, pinatay pa ang katotohanan. Huwag nating hayaan na ang operators ng gobyernong ito ay mamayagpag na naman. Si Kian po ngayon ang pangalan at mukha ng katotohanan,” he said.
He also voiced concerns that the Department of Justice and its attached agency, the Public Attorneys Office, are handling the case.
“No whitewash. Natatakot kami 'pag itong kasong ito ay i-file sa DOJ, hinawakan ng PAO-- sino ba ang DOJ at PAO eh mga tauhan ni [Pangulong Rodrigo] Duterte 'yun? Anong klaseng justice ang lalabas diyan? Nakakalungkot po, huwag hayaan mamatay ang katotohanan sa pagkamatay ni Kian,” he said.
The priest reiterated the call to end the killings.
"Wakasan na ang pagpaslang. Si Kian po sana huli na. Pero pagkatapos na mapatay si Kian, marami pa rin pinapatay. Kaya stop the killings,” he said.
Kian will be laid to rest at the La Loma Cemetery Saturday. -- Reports from Jeff Hernaez and Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News