Aguirre orders NBI to probe killing of Kian Delos Santos

Frederick Owens
August 22, 2017

Human rights advocates, youth groups, and religious communities on Monday defied a tropical storm that brought steady rain to gather at the memorial of the 1986 people power revolution to call for an end to the killings in Duterte's war on drugs.

Duterte nonetheless has ordered an investigation into the death of Delos Santos, whom police tagged as a drug courier. "We need to make sure they apply proper police procedures", the CHR leader said.

Hundreds of neighbours and left-wing activists marched and lit candles near the spot where a 17-year-old high school student was shot dead by police last week in President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs.

"These abusive police officers are destroying the credibility of the government", he added.

Monday marks the 34th anniversary of the assassination of democracy icon Benigno Aquino, who fought the 20-year dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

He was shot dead the on the night of August 16 in the Manila suburb of Caloocan.

National Capital Regional Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde said Friday that Chief Inspector Cerillo, PO3 Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda and PO1 Jerwin Cruz were relieved for the death of Delos Santos, pending investigation of the case.

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More than 2000 others have died in drug-related killings, including attacks by motorcycle-riding masked gunmen. "We are the victims here".

The resolution expressing the sense of the Senate to condemn the killing of de los Santos and direct the appropriate Senate committee to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation to determine the accountability of the police in the unjustified deaths in the conduct of the anti-drug campaign will be adopted by the chamber Tuesday.

The call comes amid public outrage at the death of 11th grader Kian Delos Santos, who was killed Wednesday in an alleged shootout with law enforcers during the bloodiest week of the government's anti-narcotics drive. "If the NBI says we file charges of murder, sorry to the policemen concerned", he said.

Neighbours, teachers and classmates of the boy also vouched for his good character.

A human rights organization urged an end to global funding for the police and military over the thousands of deaths in the administration's war on drugs, which it blamed on "state policy" under President Rodrigo Duterte.

The gun used was a 9mm service firearm issued to members of the Philippine National Police.

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