MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers in the Upper House have denounced the brutal death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos who was shot and killed during an anti-illegal drug raid in Caloocan City Wednesday night, August 16.
In a statement to the media on Friday, August 18, Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino said he is planning to file a resolution seeking investigation into the death of Delos Santos, a Grade 11 student, who was found dead with gunshot wounds to the body following the ‘Oplan Galugad’ conducted by the Caloocan police.
A police report on the incident claimed Delos Santos fired his gun at the cops even before they could arrest him. This allegedly prompted the police to shoot back; killing the student.
“We can see from the footage that he (Delos Santos) never pulled out a gun,” said Aquino even as he urged the government to rethink its strategy in implementing its bloody war on drugs due to the unusually high number of casualties in recent days.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, for his part, agrees with Aquino’s observation; saying there is a possibility that the teenager was murdered by the cops who apprehended him.
“A Senate investigation is therefore necessary to establish the true facts, and to ensure that the integrity of the PNP remains intact,” Gatchalian said.
Both Senators Sonny Angara and Antonio Trillanes IV also believe the incident merits an investigation in the Senate.
“I think the Senate needs to look into the recent spate of killings. We need to ensure that we are not creating killing machines,” said Angara, while Trillanes vowed to request for an all-Senators caucus next week.
Senator JV Ejercito likewise condemned the killing of Delos Santos and admitted watching the footage made him ‘very angry’
Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson, on the other hand, prefer to wait for the result of the investigation before making any judgement.
“I would rather wait for them to come up with their initial findings and if they’re obviously in for a cover up as in the case of Marcos et al, then the senate must exercise its oversight authority and conduct a separate inquiry,” Lacson, a former PNP chief, said in a statement.