Kian Delos Santos, a 17 year-old student was killed in the police’s intensified anti-drug operations in Caloocan city last Wednesday. According to reports, Kian was just going to close their store in front of their house as part of his daily routine before preparing for his class tomorrow when the police officer came and approach him.
Policemen claimed two small sachets of suspected shabu, one .45 caliber gun, and four fired cartridge cases were recovered at the scene of the encounter. Kian, a Our Lady of Mount Carmel College student, was not included in its list of suspected drug personalities, but he was tagged as a drug runner “based on a statement of another arrested drug suspect,” Caloocan City Police Chief Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna.
The police officers involved in the incident were then relieved from their post and waiting for a thorough investigation. Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police(PNP) is now investigating the incident and vows to apprehend the scalawags if proven guilty from their negligent act.
The latest anti-drug campaign is under the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte, who aims to promote safety by neutralizing criminal elements of the law.
Now, the Philippines is once again in the spotlight of world news due to its anti-drugs campaign. Who is really Kian Loyd Delos Santos? And why is his case a trending topic?
- Kian was a Grade 11 Student in Our Lady of Lourdes College.
Kian is a 17 year-old, grade 11 student of Our Lady of Lourdes College in Gen. T. De Leon in Valenzuela City, Metro Manila.
- Kian hopes to become a Police officer.
He hopes to become a police officer in order to serve and protect the public against criminal offenders. However, his dreams will no longer come true as he was already executed by the law enforcement members when he was mistakenly identified as a peddler of illegal substances.
- Kian’s mother, Lorenza is an OFW.
Lorenza begged for her employers just to allow her to return home after knowing that her son was the latest victim of anti-drugs injustice made by the scalawags’ cops in front of their house. All she could do is to beg for forgiveness as she was not around when the incident happened.
- Kian is a minor that was executed by the Police Officers.
The case is a high-profile issue since Kian’s age plays a big factor. Under the Philippine Law, the case can be in a violation of the Republic Act 9262, which is the violence against Women and their Children. Thus, the police officers involved in the incident will face numerous charges.
- Mistaken Identity.
The case of Kian was a case of a mistaken identity since the Police officer did not verify the identity of the victim and they did not conduct a further investigation before arresting the person of interest.
- Kian is alledgely a peddler.
According to the involved policemen, Kian was the alleged illegal peddler of prohibited drugs in the area. They claimed that Kian was a drug courier for his father and uncles. However, all Kian’s immediate relatives and friends denied the accusations.
- Kian’s case is significantly degrading the morale of the Police force.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs campaign has been relentless on apprehending criminal elements of the society. However, incidents like Kian’s case instigate fear to the society regarding the real essence of safety and security of the society. People are now becoming more cautious if the operations of the police officers were indeed a legitimate act.
- Alleged monetary award per executed peddlers.
There are rumors that there is a corresponding reward of five digits in the Philippine peso to every head that is fatally apprehended on the spot. Thus, this is said to be a triggering factor for the officials to become aggressive in searching for persons of interests connected to illegal peddling of prohibited drugs, committing incidents of mistaken identity.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to bring to jail the policemen involved in the killing of 17-year old student Kian Delos Santos if they are found guilty of criminal acts. He also assured that there would be no whitewash in the investigation.