MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has launched its own probe into the d***h of 17-year-old student Kian delos Santos; the student allegedly shot d**d by cops in Caloocan City.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales confirmed on Tuesday, August 29, that her office has started a fact-finding investigation into Delos Santos slay case, even as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is already conducting its separate investigations.
“We have started sending out subpoena. We want a piece of this or that document,” Morales told reporters; adding that the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (MOLEO) will be handling the probe.
Earlier, Senator Franklin Drilon urged the Ombudsman to step into Delos Santos’ case and said the Department of Justice (DOJ) should inhibit due to Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre’s partiality in favor of the police officers.
“After the hearing, we cannot expect the DOJ to remain impartial. That is why in the name of justice, Aguirre should let the Ombudsman conduct the preliminary investigation,” said Drilon; scoring Aguirre for trying to ‘control the preliminary investigation’.
A formal petition has also been filed before the DOJ seeking the latter’s inhibition from the preliminary investigation on the murder and torture complaints against the police officers involved.
“The Office of the Ombudsman is the best forum to conduct the preliminary investigation for this case given the impartiality of this constitutionally-mandated body,” the petition said.