MANILA - Eleven more Caloocan City policemen showed up at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday after they were tagged in the criminal complaint over the killing of 17-year old Kian Delos Santos in August.
PO2 Arnel R. Cañezares, PO2 Diony B. Corpuz, PO2 Fernan C. Cano, PO1 Reynaldo Dan M. Blanco, Jr., PO1 Silverio C. Garcia, Jr., PO1 Ronald B. Herrera, PO1 Myrldon L. Yagi, PO1 Christian Joy G. Aguilar, PO1 J-Rossillini O. Lorenzo, PO1 Erwin C. Romeroso and PO1 Ferdinand R. Claro appeared before investigating prosecutors Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Tofel G. Austria and Associate Prosecution Attorney Moises Acayan.
These policemen were recently named as respondents in the case.
A 12th new respondent, PO1 Ceferino B. Paculan, did not appear during the hearing because the subpoena issued by the DOJ failed to include his name.
The original complaint for murder was only against four named
policemen: PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and PO1 Jeremias Pereda; and Caloocan City police station 7 chief Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo. Oares, Cruz, and Pereda were also charged for torture.
Delos Santos succumbed to three gunshot wounds: two in the head and one in his back, on August 16. 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.
The twelve new respondent policemen were given up to October 17 to file their counter-affidavits. Their counsel, Oliver Yuan, said they will be submitting a joint counter-affidavit.
The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), representing Delos’ Santos
parents, complainants Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos, were given up to October 23 to submit their reply.
The new respondents have up to October 25 to submit their rejoinder, after which the case shall be submitted for resolution.
Cerillo filed his rejoinder affidavit on Tuesday’s hearing, while
Oares, Cruz, and Pereda filed theirs jointly. The case against the four original respondents is now submitted for resolution.