Death of Delos Santos gave a face symbolizing innocent victims of EJKs in PH, says Robredo » Manila Bulletin News

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By Raymund F. Antonio

The death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos gave a face symbolizing the innocent victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the country, Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo said.

Vice President Leni Robredo (Credits: Mark Balmores | Manila Bulletin)

“Ang dami na nating naririnig na mga kuwento na ganito iyong ginawa, ganito iyong nangyari, pero parang walang mukha. Walang ebidensya, kaya parang iyong iba hindi nararamdaman iyong lalim ng epekto nito sa ating lipunan (We heard a lot of stories about the same thing was done, the same thing happened, but it had no face. There was no evidence that’s why the others don’t feel its deep impact to society),” she said.

Robredo, a human rights lawyer, said the public can now relate to the unlawful death of Kian because of the evidence that proved the existence of EJKs.

Police claimed Kian was a drug runner and they killed him during an antidrug operation after he allegedly resisted arrest and had pulled a gun on police officers.

But a CCTV footage showed two policemen in civilian clothes dragged Kian toward the spot where he was shot dead. Kian was a Grade 11 student from Caloocan City.

“Itong kay Kian, iyong kuwento kasi, hindi lang dahil bata siya, dahil maraming nagsasabi na parang mali iyong akala, Pero may CCTV footage kasi. Kitang kita doon kung ano iyong ginawa sa kaniya (This story of Kian was not only because he was young. It was because many were saying the assumption [on EJKs] was wrong, but there was a CCTV footage that indicated otherwise. It can be seen there what was done to him),” Robredo said.

The Vice President made the remarks during her weekly radio, “BISErbisyong Leni,” after Kian was laid to rest last weekend at the La Loma Catholic Cemetery in Manila.

Robredo was among the top governments officials who visited Kian’s wake in Caloocan City. She was joined by human rights lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno, chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG).

They offered legal assistance to his family during the visit.

Robredo has called for an “independent investigation” into the killing of Kian, which CCTV footage showed the Caloocan City policemen were responsible for his unlawful death.

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