- IAS chief said cops admitted Kian the person they were dragging away in CCTV footage
- He will recommend the filing of raps against erring cops once probe is finished
- He is also encouraging other witnesses to come out, give their statements
MANILA, Philippines – The head of the PNP-Internal Affairs Service said the two policemen recorded by a CCTV dragging away a person during a major anti-drug operation in Caloocan City have admitted that it was Kian delos Santos they were carrying and not an informant.
“Inamin ng dalawang pulis na sila nga daw ang nag-akbay kay Kian at si Kian ang nasa video at taliwas sa kanilang unang sinasabi na ‘yun ay informant,” IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo told GMA News. “Sa ngayon sa nakikita namin, ayon sa mga testimonya, sa video footage, malamang apparently mayroong lapses kaya kami ay magrerekomenda na file-an ng kaso, apparently may irregularity in the performance of duty.”
[The two police have confessed that it was them who were dragging off Kian and that it was him in the video, which runs contrary to their earlier claim that it was an informant. For now we can see, according to the testimony and the video footage, that most apparently there were lapses and irregularity in the performance of duty, which is why we will recommend the filing of charges.]
Triambulo said they will recommend to Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa the filing of appropriate charges against the policemen involved once they wrap up their investigation.
“Magsa-submit na ng report kay chief PNP bukas at maglalagay na kami ng initial recommendation na kakasuhan ‘yung mga involved na personnel,” he said.
[We will submit the report to the PNP chief tomorrow and we will place there an initial recommendation to sue the personnel involved.]
Triambulo also encouraged other witnesses to come out and give their statements; saying they are safe now that the police involved were sacked from their posts and placed under restrictive custody.
Currently, Police Officer 4 Arnel Oares, Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda, and Police Officer 1 Jerwin Cruz, their precinct commander Chief Inspector Amor Cerilo, and Caloocan City police chief Senior Superintendent Chito Bersaluna have all been relieved from their posts.