Killed grade 11 student Kian Loyd Delos Santos served as a ‘drug courier’ for his own father and several of his uncles, based on information from the chief of the Caloocan City police, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said.
Bato added that information from the intelligence community said that Sandy, Kian’s father, is known to be a neighborhood siga [toughie], and it is the reason why some of the barangay [village] residents were afraid to speak against them.
Bato told ABS-CBN News in a phone interview: “Si Kian ay ginagamit ng kanyang ama. Ang ama niya mismo ang user, mga uncle ang mga pusher diyan at ginagamit si Kian na courier. Kaya nag-surface ang pangalan niya sa area mismo.”
[Kian was being used by his father. His own father is the user, and his uncles are the pushers and Kian was used as the courier in the area. That’s why his name surfaced in the area.]
“Pati ang intelligence community natin na nagko-conduct ng operation plan sa Caloocan mismo, ang mga kapitbahay doon takot mismo na magsalita ng against sa kanila dahil kilalang siga ang ama pati mga uncle niyan, siga sa lugar. ‘Yan ang nasasagap ng ating mga intel operatives diyan sa area,” Bato added.
[Even our intelligence community that conducts the operation plan at Caloocan, and the neighbors at the village, are afraid to speak against their family because the father and the uncles are known to be ‘toughies’. That is the info’ that our intel operatives gathered at the area.]
However, the PNP chief admitted that he is disappointed with the results of the police operation, especially the death of the 17-year-old suspect.
But Bato said the operation itself was legitimate because there was basis for allegations that Kian was a source of illegal drugs.
“Dismayed ako sa outcome ng operation, bakit napatay ang bata, pero hindi ako dismayed sa operation itself dahil meron naman talagang basehan ang operation na itinuturo talaga si Kian ay source ng droga doon sa area,” he said.
[I am dismayed by the outcome of the operation, why the minor was killed, but I’m not dismayed at the operation itself because there really is a basis for the operation that suggests Kian is a source of drugs at the area.]
Bato said that the slain teen was just a victim of his own father and that Kian would have had a chance to change his life if he had lived.
“Biktima lang ang bata at ginagamit ng ama. Bigyan siya ng pagkakataon na magbagong-buhay at matuto na mali ang ginagawa niya. Sumusunod siya sa utos ng kanyang pusher na ama. Bata pa, magbago pa ‘yan,” he said.
[The child was only a victim that was used by the father. Give him a chance to take a good turn in life and he will learn about his wrongdoings. He was following orders from his drug pusher father. Still young, he can change.]
Saying he does not want an isolated case to diminish the PNP’s accomplishments, Bato said he has already ordered the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) to immediately investigate the matter.
Bato has already ordered the relief of the Caloocan City’s chief of polcie, Sr. Supt. Chito Bersaluna, and three other “Caloocan cops” who were involved in the operation that had a bloody outcome of Kian’s death.
Bato stressed that he does not tolerate abuses from his personnel, from his men. “So much so that our internal cleansing program having breakthrough, na masisira naman dito kung talagang ma-establish na may pang-aabusong ginawa ang pulis Caloocan,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte gives assurance that cops involved in Kian’s killing will be held accountable.
Moreover, Senator Risa Hontiveros takes custody of “witnesses” in Kian’s slay to ensure their safety.