By Jeffrey Damicog
Murder and torture complaints have been filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday against policemen involved in the killing of Grade 11 student Kian Delos Santos.
Accompanied and assisted by Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta, Kian’s parents, Saldy and Lorenza, filed the complaint against the suspects more than a week after his death on August 16.
“The wheels of justice will turn now, run its course,” Acosta told reporters Friday.
“We hope this will be resolved expeditiously by the DOJ for not more than 60 days from today,” she added.
Those who have been named as respondents are Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo, the relieved commander of Caloocan City Police Community Precinct 7; Police Officer (PO) 3 Arnel Oares; PO1 Jerwin Cruz; and PO1 Jeremias Pereda.
The four respondents have been accused of committing murder under Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) and for torturing a minor resulting to death in violation of Republic Act 9745, also known as the Anti-Torture Law, particularly, Section 4(A-1) and (A-14), and Section 14(1) and (5).