MANILA - The Caloocan City police station where 3 officers tagged in the death of teen Kian delos Santos were assigned was almost empty Saturday, as the funeral procession for the slain boy made a brief stop.
Desks at the Caloocan City Police Community Precinct 7 (PCP-7) were vacant as Delos Santos' supporters gathered around his funeral car outside and dedicated a moment of prayer for the boy and others slain in government's bloody war on drugs.
The teen's shooting in an anti-drug operation on Aug. 16 has drawn public outrage as witness statements and forensic and video evidence indicate that he was executed.
PO3 Gaylord Mozar, an officer assigned at the station, said the office was "a little undermanned" after some of his colleagues were relieved from duty after Delos Santos' controversial killing.
PO1 Orlando Vasquez III, who was newly assigned to PCP-7, meanwhile said that morale was low among his colleagues.
PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and PO1 Jeremias Pereda, who were tagged in Delos Santos' death, were deployed at PCP-7 and have been relieved.
The Philippine National Police also relieved the Caloocan City Police and Northern Police District chiefs pending investigation of the incident.
The three officers linked to his shooting claimed that the Grade 12 student was a drug runner, and that he shot at them, prompting them to retaliate.
Delos Santos' parents Saldy Delos Santos and Lorenza Delos Santos meanwhile maintained their son's innocence.
On Friday, they filed charges against the three officers, as well as Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo, the PCP-7 chief. -- Reports from Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News