Murder charges filed against 3 Caloocan police officers who claimed they killed the teenager in self-defense
CHARGES of murder have been filed against the lawmen implicated in the sensational killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos last week in Caloocan City.
Accompanied by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), the family of the slain Grade 11 pupil led the filing of the complaint against Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares and Police Officers 1 Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin Cruz.
Also charged before the Department of Justice was the police officers’ superior, Caloocan City Police Community Precinct 7 commander Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo, and several unidentified individuals.
Present at the filing were complainants and Delos Santos’ parents, Zaldy and Lorenza delos Santos, and their witnesses.
The DoJ will conduct the necessary preliminary investigation to find out whether the respondent-lawmen broke rules in the arrest and killing of the teenager who was accused of involvement in drug pushing.
Except for Cerillo, the three policemen have been placed under restrictive custody to ensure an impartial probe by the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service into the incident.
The respondents claimed that they killed Kian in self-defense after the boy resisted arrest and shot at them.
But Kian’s family claimed that a CCTV footage would prove that the teenager could not have run away as he was being dragged by a policeman after his apprehension.
Witnesses also said they heard Delos Santos begging for his life before being shot to death by the policemen.
The Philippine National Police leadership yesterday welcomed the filing of criminal charges against three Caloocan City policemen accused of summarily executing Delos Santos last August 16.
‘’The PNP welcomes the filing of criminal charges so that the police personnel involved can have their day in court and present their defense,” said PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos.
Carlos reiterated that the police organization’s leadership will not tolerate any wrongdoings by their members but maintained that as part of democratic process in the country, all of them should be given their day in court.
“The said police personnel are still innocent unless proven otherwise by the court hearing their case. Let us also accord them their rights,” he said.
Delos Santos’ family, friends and witnesses have claimed he was unarmed and is not in anyway involved in illegal drugs. The Northern Police District which has supervision over the Caloocan City Police Station however maintained that the grade school student was being used as a “runner” by a local drug syndicate.
A CCTV footage provided by the barangay showed a man said to be Delos Santos being dragged by two of the accused policemen moments before he was found dead with gunshot wounds.
However, the three policemen claimed that the man shown in the video was actually their “asset” whose face they tried to hide to prevent reprisal from drug dealers in Delos Santos’ neighborhood.