There might be ‘new evidence’ against cops in Delos Santos’ killing » Manila Bulletin News



By Jel Santos

The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on Sunday disclosed that there might be a new piece of evidence against the three policemen involved in Kian Loyd delos Santos’ killing, saying that they would examine a video taken by one of the witnesses.

( Photo by Jansen Romero/ Manila Bulletin)

The 17-year-old Grade 11 student, who dreamed of becoming a policeman, was shot dead by cops during an anti-illegal drugs operation in Barangay 160, Caloocan on August 16. The police claimed Delos Santos was a drug runner and was killed after he allegedly resisted arrest. But Barangay 160 officials said Delos Santos was not on their drug watch list.

Involved in the case were PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremiah Pereda and PO1 Jerwin Cruz. The three policemen were all placed under restrictive custody pending investigation. Based on Caloocan police spot report, it was Oares who shot Delos Santos. Autopsies conducted by PAO and Northern Police District (NPD) Crime Laboratory both agreed that he was shot twice in the head from behind. All of which were fatal.

Persida Rueda-Acosta, PAO chief, told the Manila Bulletin through a text message that the video would be examined.

As of now, she said, that she cannot give further details as there is still no result from the “computer forensic.”

Asked if who were retrieving the video, she said the “computer expert of PAO.”

“Yes [there’s a video from one of the witnesses]. Wala pa po result ng computer forensic,” Acosta said.

On August 24, a Senate hearing over the brutal death of the teenager was held. It was learned then from the former Caloocan chief Sr. Supt. Chito Bersaluna that Delos Santos’ link to drug was verified only with the use of social media.

The family of the slain Grade 11 student filed murder and torture raps at Department of Justice (DOJ) against the policemen on August 25.

The student was laid to rest on Saturday at La Loma Cemetery. More than one thousand mourners joined his funeral march as they call for halt to killings in the country.

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