CHR chairman happy Duterte met with Kian’s parents

Image from Chito Gascon's Facebook account
  • CHR head reacted to president’s meeting with slain Grade 11 student’s parents
  • He described it as a good thing, said help not to be hindered
  • He also hoped assistance to family be continuous and consistent

MANILA, Philippines – One of President Rodrigo Duterte’ subjects of disdain expressed his happiness over his meeting with the parents of the Grade 11 student who was killed by police in an anti-drug raid in Caloocan City.

According to Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Chito Gascon, the president’s promise to render assistance to the Delos Santos family should be taken positively.

“The fact na humarap si Presidente at pinakinggan sila at tutulungan sila at binigyan ng assurance is a good thing and we should not begrudge that from happening,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

[The fact that the President met with them, listened, helped, and gave them assurance was a good thing and we should not begrudge that from happening.]

Gascon, however, said he hopes assistance will not be a one-off stunt.

“What we would like to see though after that meeting ay may [is there’s a] follow through, may [there’s] follow up,” he said. “At kami sa CHR, panawagan namin, follow through lahat ng may kaso ng pang-aabuso at bigyan ng katarungan [And for our part in the CHR, all cases of abuse will have a follow through, and be given justice].”

Gascon had earlier met with PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa who agreed to let the CHR have access to police documents related to the government’s war on drugs as well as meet him on a monthly basis.

“We agreed to continue to talk about ’yung mga request namin [our request]. We are looking forward to a positive response in due time,” he said. “We agreed to create a mechanism to coordinate and exchange information on a regular basis.”