“THE violent death of any Filipino like 17-year-old Kian Lloyd delos Santos is one death too many,” Malacanang said yesterday.
The death of Kian during an anti-illegal drug operation in Caloocan City is “one deeply regrettable incident that challenges the authorities against reckless exercise of power,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
“This regrettable incident has triggered deep public sentiment, and challenges those in law enforcement to be wary of the reckless exercise of power and authority,” Abella said.
The spokesman reiterated that the Duterte administration will ensure that “erring enforcers will be properly investigated” following the death of Kian and other suspected drug personalities.
Kian died after he was shot during an Oplan Galugad operation in Barangay 160 on Wednesday night.
Police claimed that he attempted to escape when they were approaching him.
Cops chased him but the victim allegedly drew a gun and opened fire, forcing them to fire back.
Relatives of the victim belied the account of the incident, saying the teenage boy has never been involved in anything illegal.
Police say they recovered a caliber .45 pistol and two sachets of suspected shabu from the victim.
The boy’s relatives however have insisted that the items did not belong to him.
Abella noted that NCR Police Director Oscar D. Albayalde has expressed condolences to the bereaved family.
He said the relief and investigation of all involved has been ordered, and assured the public that mistakes and illegal acts will not be tolerated. He added that the President, who continues to vigorously pursue the dismantling of drug apparatus, ensures that erring enforcers will be properly investigated, according to Abella.