By Jel Santos
The family of slain 17-year-old Kian delos Santos blasted the Caloocan police for trying to put the blame on them, and taint their family name.
Kian , was killed by cops during an anti-illegal drugs operation in Barangay 160, Caloocan Wednesday. The police claimed Kian, a Grade 11 student, was a drug runner and was killed after he allegedly resisted arrest. But Barangay 160 officials said Kian was not on their drug watch list.
Police Chief Insp. Amor Cerillo, relieved head cop of PCP-7, on Saturday said during an emergency meeting of Caloocan City Peace and Order Council that the father of Kian, sadly was a former drug personality.
“We learned from the executive officer of Barangay 60 that he was a former drug personality. But this is still unverified,” Cerillo told the council.
On the other hand, the barangay official refused to give a statement. He neither verified nor denied what Cerillo said. He seemed terrified.
Lorenza Delos Santos, 43, mother of Kian, said the accusation of Caloocan police was a lie, saying that they are living honest lives that’s why they are striving very hard.
The mother of Kian is a maid in Saudi Arabia. She said she kneeled in front of her employers in order to attend the wake of her son.
“Dapat panindigan na lang nila ang kamalian nila. Pilit nilang dinudumihan ang pangalan ng pamilya namin para mapagtakpan baho nila (They should take responsibility for what they did. They’re trying so hard to taint the name of our family to cover up their wrong doing),” she told the Manila Bulletin when asked for her reaction.
“The people around could attest that we hate illegal drugs. We are even scared of drug addicts in our area that’s why my children have a curfew,” she added while crying.
She also said they don’t know any alias “Neneng”, who policemen claimed was a relative of her husband.
“Kasinungalingan po iyan. Wala kaming kilalang Neneng. Sa tinagal-tagal ko rito, wala kaming kilalang may ganyang pangalan,” she said.
Scared of addicts
The mother of Kian said her son was scared of “drug addicts” that’s why he wants to become a cop.
Shane, a neighbor of Kian, said the slain 17-year-old student usually takes certain routes, because there are streets in their area that are being used as drug dens.
“He said that he wants to become a policeman. One day, he wants to nab them all. He’s doesn’t like drug addicts,” the neighbor and friend of Kian said. “Takot po ‘yan dumaan kung saan may addict.”
Kian and his siblings, Lorenza said, are scared of the “drug addicts in their area.”
“I am working very hard for them that’s why they are all in school,” she said.
The public, on social media, condemned the brutal death of Kian. Many netizens expressed dismay and anger over what happened to the Grade 11 student.
“I support the war on drugs, but if police will abuse their power — hindi na tama,” a netizen said on his Facebook post.
During the first night of Kian’s wake, Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan came. He said he would shoulder all expenses for the Grade 11 student’s funeral.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Sunday also went to the wake of Kian. She promised to help the family attain justice, and offered them protection.
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