By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The police informant who tagged Kian Delos Santos as a drug runner before he was killed by three policemen pleaded not guilty to murder and planting of evidence charges filed against him.
Renato Loveraz, alias “Nonong,” was assisted by a public attorney when he appeared at the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 125 on Thursday morning, February 7.
The pre-trial conference is set on March 28. Loveraz will be represented by a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Camanava chapter.
The arraignment came after Caloocan City RTC Branch 125 Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr. granted the Department of Justice prosecutors’ ex-parte motion to reinstate Loveraz’ case in the criminal dockets of the court.
Previously, the case against Loveraz was ordered archived pending his arrest after he supposedly went missing while Police Officers (PO) 1 Jeremias Pereda, Jerwin Cruz, and PO3 Arnel Oares were on trial.
Recently, prosecutors found that Loveraz had been in detention at the Caloocan City Jail since September 13, 2017, and had a pending drug case at the Caloocan City RTC Branch 123.
According to a certificate of detention signed by Senior Jail Officer IV Chona Apuac-Seno, chief of the Caloocan City Jail Records, Loveraz was arrested by Cruz, one of the policemen tagged in the 17-year-old’s killing, a day after Delos Santos was murdered.
Randy Delos Santos, Kian’s uncle, said there have been rumors that Loveraz was already dead, so now that he has appeared in court, justice is again within arm’s reach.
“Angkop lang na managot din siya sa pagkamatay ni Kian (It is only right that he should also be held accountable for Kian’s death),” he said.
Lorenza Delos Santos, the 17-year-old’s mother, echoed this sentiment and said that justice will always prevail.
“Siguro akala nila makakalusot sila sa mga mali nila, sa pag-patay sa anak ko, pero mismong si Kian ang nag-patunay kung paano nila pinatay ‘yung bata ng walang kalaban-laban (Maybe they thought they could get away with their mistake, with killing my son, but Kian himself proved that he was defenseless when the police killed him),” she said.
“Kahit anong tahi-tahi nila ng mga salita, lalabas ang katotohanan na si Kian ay biktima ng mga pulis na walang puso’t kaluluwa, (No matter what they say, the truth, that Kian was only a victim of the heartless and soulless police, will come out).