MANILA - Policemen tagged in the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos still has time to come clean and help ensure that the boy's family finds justice.
Public Attorneys Office Chief Persida Acosta said that if they so decide, the accused officers can turn state witness.
"Kung mayroon mag-state witness sa mga nasampahan na ay napakaganda dahil patatawarin pa sila ng Diyos kung may remorse sila," Acosta told radio DZMM in an interview.
On Friday, Delos Santos' parents Saldy and Lorenza Delos Santos filed a murder complaint against Caloocan City police station 7 chief Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo, PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and PO1 Jeremias Pereda for the boy's shooting on Aug. 16. Oares, Cruz, and Pereda were also charged with torture of a minor leading to death.
"Kaya kung nagmo-monitor ang mga kamag-anak ng mga pulis na ito, may pagkakataon pa para maitama ang mali dahil ngayon ang panahon ng pagtatama ng mali," she said.
Several 'John Does' were included as respondents in the complaint.
Acosta, however, explained that being a state witness doesn’t mean that the police would be off the hook.
"Syempre masasampahan [pa rin ng kaso] kasi 'di naman siya kaagad nagsabi bago tayo magsampa ng kaso sa preliminary investigation," she said.
Still, she added, the charges may be downgraded. “Baka i-discharge pa nga 'yan ng court. 'Yan eh kung papayag ang court,” she said.
The teen succumbed to three gunshot wounds: two in the head and one in his back. Policemen alleged he was a drug runner, but his parents insist he was not involved in the sale and distribution of illegal drugs and wanted to be a policeman.
Delos Santos' death has drawn public outrage, with Senate investigating the circumstances of his killing.